My commitment to a thriving and active academic career studying and teaching about nonprofit leadership and management was born in the remote hills and congested cities of Tanzania. I founded and ran an international non-governmental organization for seven years (1997-2004) that supports community based rural education in East Africa (www.jifunze.org), of which I continue to serve as Board Chair.  At the helm of a global NGO, I oversaw the development of the region’s first community education resource center and wrestled with the creation of balanced strategies that exemplified both social entrepreneurship and a sustainable and humane approach to human resource management. These questions continue to motivate my research agenda. In addition, I continue to do extensive consulting work with philanthropic foundations to help inform their international grantmaking. These rich experiences texture and inform my currently scholarly and policy interests.