Kelly LeRoux is the author of “Balancing Competition within a Homeless Services Provider Network: Brookfield County’s Continuum of Care,” an E-PARCC simulation that gives students the experiences of managing the complex dynamics of competition and collaboration that are present in homeless and housing service provider organizations, while also challenging students to balance an organization’s short-term and long-term needs in their decision making.
She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches courses in public policy and public and nonprofit management. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Wayne State University, where she also obtained MPA and MSW degrees. She has published over twenty five research articles in more than a dozen journals in the fields of nonprofit, urban, and public affairs, and has authored numerous book chapters in edited volumes. She is co-author of Nonprofit Organizations and Civil Society in the United States, a 2015 Routledge Press book. Before beginning an academic career, she worked for eleven years as an administrator for a nonprofit behavioral health and housing organization, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. Her research focuses on nonprofits’ voter mobilization and political advocacy activities and she also studies issues of nonprofit diversity, performance, and accountability. Her research has been sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Kresge Foundation, the Institute for Policy on Civic Engagement, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and the Great Cities Institute at UIC.