get to know the lodestar center

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Elsbeth Pollack

Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!” We’d like to provide our readers with a peek into what we do each day to accomplish our mission by introducing members of the faculty and staff via short interviews and conversations. Meet the folks who are here to help you and your nonprofit succeed!


Elsbeth Pollack
Program Manager, Public Allies Arizona

Elsbeth Pollack is a Program Manager for Public Allies Arizona (PAAZ), an AmeriCorps program that engages service-minded young individuals in 10 months of paid leadership training, apprenticeships, and service opportunities in collaboration with local nonprofit partner organizations.

PAAZ's mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. Public Allies' citizen-centered, values-based approach to leadership has created pathways for young people to engage in their communities, and has helped communities and organizations tap the energy, passion, and perspectives of a new generation. The leadership development programming challenges and supports Allies to become leaders who connect across social boundaries, facilitate collaborative action, recognize and mobilize community assets, commit to continuous learning and self-development, and are accountable for creating impact.

Meet Elsbeth...

 

How would you describe yourself in 5-10 words?

A community-focused listener, connector, and advocate.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Lili Wang

Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!” We’d like to provide our readers with a peek into what we do each day to accomplish our mission by introducing members of the faculty and staff via short interviews and conversations. Meet the folks who are here to help you and your nonprofit succeed!


Lili Wang
Associate Professor, School of Community Resources & Development


Lili Wang, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Nonprofit Leadership and Management in ASU's School of Community Resources and Development. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on such diverse subjects as Program Evaluation & Information Management, International NGOs, and Philanthropy. Her work on nonprofit studies has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, and Public Management Review. We're thrilled to have such accomplished faculty on board to help our nonprofit management students reach their full potential!

Meet Dr. Wang...

 

How would you describe yourself in 5-10 words?

I am a faculty (associate professor) of ASU.

What is your main area of interest?

My main research interest is in individual and institutional philanthropy.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Pat Lewis

Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!” We’d like to provide our readers with a peek into what we do each day to accomplish our mission by introducing members of the faculty and staff via short interviews and conversations. Meet the folks who are here to help you and your nonprofit succeed!

Patricia Lewis

Pat Lewis
Sr. Professional-in-Residence

Patricia F. Lewis, ACFRE, serves as Sr. Professional-in-Residence at the ASU Lodestar Center. She is the longest-serving employee at the Lodestar Center with the exception of the Executive Director, Dr. Robert Ashcraft. She brings to the Center a wealth of knowledge and a wide array of experience in the nonprofit sector and beyond.

Meet Pat...

 

You are a Senior Professional in Residence here at the ASU Lodestar Center. What does that entail?

This is a very unique position. The overall purpose of the position is as a bridge between academia and practice, to bring professional experience to the academic area. There are many ways to do that. The Lodestar Center has two -- Anne Byrne is the other Professional-in-Residence who works with me. We are responsible for the Ask the Nonprofit Specialists program, in which we answer questions anybody may have about the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. I also work on curriculum development for our professional development courses and capacity building initiatives. I lecture in academic courses occasionally, and I do community teaching. I also do strategic planning here at the Center, working with the Leadership Council and the staff to help keep the strategic plan fresh and updated.

I’m here because of my somewhat unusual background having served in executive leadership and management positions as well as academia. That’s how Professionals-in-Residence get selected, because we have unique backgrounds, so we can contribute to the overall work of the Center, which is to do whatever is necessary to help build the capacity of the sector, its organizations, and those who work, lead and support them.

How would you describe yourself in 5-10 words?

Energetic, philosophical, and dedicated to the nonprofit sector and volunteerism.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Anne Kotleba, Part 2

Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!” We’d like to provide our readers with a peek into what we do each day to accomplish our mission by introducing members of the faculty and staff via short interviews and conversations. Meet the folks who are here to help you and your nonprofit succeed!

Anne Kotleba
Lecturer/ Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Last time we introduced Anne, a new lecturer in the School of Community Resources & Development and coordinator of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a student association for undergraduates interested in nonprofit careers. The NLA program was originally founded as the American Humanics program at Arizona State University in 1980 with the support of the Phoenix Rotary Club 100 and local nonprofit organizations. They recognized the need for highly skilled leaders in the nonprofit sector. American Humanics officially changed its name to the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in 2011. Through the dedication of students and the support of the community, ASU has evolved into the nation's leader among the more than 50 universities affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

This week, Anne discusses the work ahead and her plans for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. 

 

What are you most excited about for this upcoming school year?

I am excited about working with an amazing leadership team in the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association (NLASA) and the ideas that they have started with, and then being able to further those ideas and see what the NLASA members would like to learn and explore further. The students I’ve met so far are very motivated, driven, and passionate about the work that they’ve done and the work that they want to do while they’re students, as well as furthering their career exploration. I am looking forward to developing greater community relationships by expanding the connections they have and bringing them together with connections I have so that the whole class will have an amazing experience together.

I am excited about manifesting the national competencies into what we do on a local level, and bringing those into our classroom space.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Anne Kotleba

Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!” We’d like to provide our readers with a peek into what we do each day to accomplish our mission by introducing members of the faculty and staff via short interviews and conversations. Meet the folks who are here to help you and your nonprofit succeed!

 

Anne Kotleba
Lecturer/ Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Anne Kotleba is our newest staff member, joining us as a lecturer in the School of Community Resources & Development and coordinator of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential. She joins us just in time to start a new school year and meet a new group of wonderful nonprofit students!

Meet Anne...

 

How would you describe yourself in 5-10 words?

Passionate, enthusiastic, creative, loving, and tall.

What is your main area of interest?

Being a force for justice and arming young people with the courage and freedom to define their own identity.

This means access and encouragement to step outside of the boundaries of what society or the world places on people based on where they grew up, what they look like, all the ways that we try to classify people. Also, the importance of telling your own story with your own voice. Education as a tool to extend one’s understanding, build on shared and individual experiences, and think critically about the world.  When they leave here, I want my students to continue to question, learn, teach, and continue to use their education to change the world.