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Faculty Highlight: Jesus Valero

Jesus ValeroWhat brought you to the University of Utah MPA Program?

      I was greatly impressed by the collegial and supportive environment of the department, quality of students, and the dedication of staff and administration.  I also wanted to be in an institution where my scholarship would be supported and valued.  I feel that the U has created an environment that allows for faculty to pursue innovative research that not only enhances student learning but also helps improve the surrounding community and beyond.  The amazing views in SLC were also a big plus!     

What classes do you teach? 

     Currently, I’m co-teaching the MPA Capstone Course with Steve Ott.  In the Spring of 2017, I will be teaching the Nonprofits/NGO Course.

What are your research/academic interests? 

     My PhD training is in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations and management, and I am interested in three main areas of research: public service leadership, cross-sector collaboration, and technology adoption in the public/nonprofit sector such as social media outlets.  One of my current research projects explores the leadership skills and qualities of individuals who lead complex, multilayered collaborative networks.

Have you done any work outside academia? 

     Yes--prior to pursuing a PhD, I enjoyed a career in the nonprofit sector.  I have worked with a church ministry as a youth programs coordinator, as a case manager for a faith-based foster care agency, and as a program supervisor for the local mental health authority.  I also completed a fellowship funded by the University of Michigan’s Population Fellows Program at Family Care International (New York City) where I provided technical support to the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Education Program in Latin America and the Caribbean.  I am also a former Emerging Scholar and Associate Researcher at the Urban Institute’s Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy in Washington, D.C.

How do you like to spend your free time? 

     I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, and visiting historical sites and museums.  Now that I’m in Utah, I’m looking forward to exploring all that this beautiful area has to offer.

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Last Updated: 12/5/23