MNA Alumna Imani Brown.
Nonprofit Administration, MNA


The USF MNA program faculty comprises scholars and leaders with a wide range of experience in California’s nonprofit sector with the goal to broaden the leadership and critical thinking skills of their students.

Department Chair

Malloy Hall, Room 409

Richard Greggory Johnson III is a tenured Full Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, School of Management, University of San Francisco. He is also Director of the Business Minor in the School of Management as well.

Professor Johnson’s research centers on social equity within the fields of public policy, management, higher education and Human Resources Management.  He has been teaching in higher education for almost twenty years and is widely...

  • Doctorate in Public Policy & Administration, Golden Gate University, Edward S. Ageno School of Business
  • M.A, Social and Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • MS, Public Services Management, DePaul...

Program Director

SFH Downtown Campus, Room 608

Dr. Marco Tavanti is an international development scholar whose experience stretches over 25 years and whose work has taken him to more than 18 countries in Europe, East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Dr. Tavanti’s teaching in sustainable development, leadership ethics, intercultural diversity, and NGO management is grounded in Jesuit values and his scholarship is an embodiment of the University’s mission to be of service to humankind. Professor Tavanti is the Nonprofit...

  • PhD, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2001 (with distinction)
  • MA, Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 1999
  • MA, Cross-Cultural Theology, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL...
  • Sustainable Development
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Intercultural Diversity
  • NGO Management

Full-Time Faculty

Malloy Hall 309

Sonja Martin Poole is a pre-eminent thinker, influencing key decision-makers in transformative marketing strategy and public policy. As Professor of Marketing at USF, Professor Poole, pays particular attention in her research, teaching and public commentary to the ways in which marketing transforms individuals, institutions, systems, and societies, and impacts consumer well-being. Her latest research focuses on the role of race in the marketplace and has appeared in a range of academic journals...

  • Post-doc, Business, Marketing Emphasis, Tulane University, Freeman School of Business, New Orleans
  • PhD, Education Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation, University of California at...
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 226

Richard D. Waters is an associate professor in the School of Management, where he teaches strategic communication and communication management courses. His primary research interests are fundraising, stakeholder loyalty and relationship cultivation, and the use of new technologies in organizational communication efforts.

He serves on the editorial review boards at Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Public and Nonprofit Sector Management, Journal of...

  • PhD, Mass Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007
  • MS, Public Relations, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2000
  • ABJ, Public Relations (Minor in Political Science), University...
  • Public relations and strategic communication

Part-Time Faculty

Chandra is a seasoned development professional with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is currently Vice President of Development at Global Fund for Women, responsible for leading efforts toward a $25M budget by 2020. Previously, Chandra was a fundraising leader at Partners in School Innovation, where she grew fund development to double the organization’s budget in less than two years. 

  • PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • MBA, Presidio Graduate School
  • AB, Columbia University

Nicholas Almeida has over 15 years of experience working across the social and public sectors to support sustainable impact efforts. His experience includes working with social entrepreneurs and impact investors to create, refine, and scale social innovations in the areas of poverty alleviation, education, health, workforce development, water resources, and renewable energy.

Nicholas is a Co-Founder of Sidecar Social Finance (SSF)–a social impact agency providing impact-investing advisory and...

  • Master of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Public Policy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Impact Investing
  • Social Impact Measurement
  • Strategic and Business Planning
  • Financial and Operational Analysis

As the Regional Director for the Professional Schools at UC Berkeley, Ms. Arno has operational responsibility for the over 60 professional and operational staff who provide HR, finance, and research administration services to the nine professionals schools at UCB; this includes Berkeley Law, Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, School of Social Welfare, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Journalism, and the...

  • BA, International Relations, UC Davis
  • Master of Nonprofit Administration, USF
  • J.D., Golden Gate School of Law

Louise Carroll is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Management, where she teaches nonprofit strategic governance. As a nonprofit executive, board member, and advisor, she works strategically to advance the success of social sector organizations.

With a background in journalism, financial services, and education and the arts, Louise brings a unique perspective on public-private partnerships and works side-by-side with leaders and stakeholders to build organizational capacity. She...

  • Master of Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts in English with distinction, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

David Greco is a nonprofit leader, speaker, and author focusing on creating a more sustainable and effective social sector. Today he serves as executive director of All Stars Helping Kids, providing early stage investments in emerging nonprofits working to help break the cycle of poverty for youth in the Bay Area.

  • Villanova University, MS in Political Science, 1991
  • Drexel University, BA in History & Politics, 1989
  • Nonprofit Finance
  • Management & Leadership
  • Social Entrepreneurship
University Center 300

Kevin Hickey's career is built on helping youth and families achieve self-sufficiency. Kevin approaches his work with the belief that today’s problems require leaders to drive for impact in both direct service provision and public policy. Working with nonprofit service agencies and public policy advocacy groups, he currently serves as director of high school and bridge programs at Jewish Vocational Service and on the Board of Directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition, among other...

  • BA, Psychology, San Francisco State University
  • MNA, University of San Francisco

Professor Manzanetti is a lawyer currently providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. He is the former director of legal services for the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center, a nonprofit providing comprehensive social and legal services to survivors of domestic abuse.

Retired from California’s Department of Managed Health Care, where he was the chief counsel for the Office of Enforcement and senior counsel in the department’s Help...

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. 1984
  • University of Northern Colorado, BA, Philosophy, 1977

Adjunct professor Martha Oestreich is a seasoned development professional with over 22 years of experience in leadership roles within the nonprofit sector.

She has served as the director of development in a variety of organizations such as City Year San Antonio, Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Los Angeles Youth Network. Oestreich also has experience as the director of advancement for the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and as the...

  • Executive MBA, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • MA, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX
  • BA, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TX

Dr. Jane Pak is Co-Executive Director at Refugee and Immigrant Transitions. Her scholarship and praxis are informed by Critical Refugee Studies; transformative and liberatory education; collective hope and healing; multi-generational resistance; and transnational solidarity. Jane is most energized when engaging with diverse communities and knowledges in collective contexts. Her background is in strategy, development, and consulting in education and refugee contexts. She has worked in community...

  • University of San Francisco, EdD in International & Multicultural Education / Human Rights Education, 2019
  • Stanford University, MA in International Comparative Education / International Educational...

Kevin Slattery is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Management, where he teaches nonprofit marketing and communications. As a nonprofit executive, board member, volunteer, and advisor, he works daily to advance the mission of social impact organizations. 

With a background in marketing, communications, journalism, and fundraising, he has an established reputation in the government and nonprofit sectors. Kevin brings a unique perspective on nonprofit partnerships and regularly engages...

  • University of San Francisco, MBA, 2015
  • Northern Illinois University, BA in Communication, 2000
  • Nonprofit | Social Impact Marketing & Communications
  • Media Advocacy