Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

Recent Activities

The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management integrates several functions within the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, connecting professional development, student enrichment, and faculty engagement in the areas of leadership development, management training, technical assistance, and research for the public and nonprofit sectors in Northeast Ohio.


To cultivate the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders while assisting organizations on real-world projects, the Center for Public & Nonprofit Management coordinates fellowship programs within the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs including the Dively Fellowship Program and the Local Government Fellowship Program.

Leadership Academy 29
The 29th class of the Center's Leadership Academy met on Friday, March 6th at the Cuyahoga County Public Library's Parma-Snow Branch for their session on Knowledge Transfer, taught by Dr. Jennifer Madden. Learn more. »

New Public Management Academy Cohort
The Center for Public & Nonprofit Management's 2020-2021 Public Management Academy cohort  kicked off on Thursday, March 5th, at the City of Westlake's Recreation Center. Learn more. » 

Mentor Program's Speed Networking event
On Thursday, February 27th, twenty Levin School undergraduate & graduate students participated in the Mentor Program's Speed Networking event. The students had 5-minute time periods to deliver their elevator pitches to public and nonprofit professionals, and receive feedback and advice. We're extremely grateful for our mentors who volunteered their time. Learn more. »

Across the Lines (ATL) Art Studio Gathering
Some of Center for Public and Nonprofit Management's Mentoring Program students gathered at Across the Lines (ATL) Art Studio on Thursday, January 30th for the program's new community engagement project. The evening integrated the arts, community development, and nonprofit work. Students engaged in conversation and creativity, hearing from Jane Finley (artist & founder of ATL), Sheila Locatelli (founder & executive director of Women of Hope), and Rachel Oscar (Director of Programming & Community Engagement at Campus District, Inc. and Levin School MUPD alumna).

Merger of the Center for Emergency Preparedness and the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management
The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs has announced a strategic merging of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and the Center for Emergency Preparedness in an effort to better serve Northeast Ohio’s public safety training needs.  Learn more. »

Mentoring Program
The Mentoring Program's 2019-2020 cohort consisted of over 110 mentors and mentees. Learn more. »

Leadership Academy 29
Leadership Academy 29 commenced on October 17, 2019 at CSU's Fenn Tower Ballroom. We're pleased to welcome 28 cohort members hailing from the RTA, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the City of Shaker Heights, the City of Cleveland, OhioMeansJobs, Rocky River Public Library, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland State University, and more. Learn more. »

Leadership Academy Capstone Project
The Center for Public & Nonprofit Management's Leadership Academy 28 organized their first "Super Senior Outreach" social at Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority's (CMHA) Beachcrest Apartments on Thursday, May 9th. Each Leadership Academy cohort was tasked with creating, developing, and implementing a community engagement capstone. Leadership Academy 28 launched their "Super Senior Outreach" initiative earlier this year, collecting a variety of in-kind donations (toiletries, socks, blankets, nutritional drinks, candy, popcorn, etc.) for Cuyahoga County's senior citizens. The cohort identified CMHA's senior residents as the recipients.

The group not only facilitated their first drop-off day on May 9th, but organized a social for over 40 CMHA residents. The cohort played card games, solved puzzles, operated a green screen photo booth station, and did crafts with the seniors citizens in attendance. Additionally, Cleveland Public Library's TechCentral staff brought a 3D printer and a wooden key-chain maker for residents to experience some of the library's technology-focused services. 

Levin Serves
Levin Serves is a community engagement initiative co-sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement and the Center for Public & Nonprofit Management. Launched in February 2019, this quarterly outreach activity is designed to unite the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners) for a service project at a local nonprofit organization.

Women's Leadership Series
The Women’s Leadership Series – Women Empowering Women – officially launched in October 2018 under the Center for Public & Nonprofit Management and Senator Grace L. Drake's Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service. The series was created to engage and empower public & nonprofit sector leaders throughout Northeast Ohio, while promoting the concept of gender representation at all levels of leadership.