Center Director & Staff

The Center’s staff is directed by Lester M. Salamon, a pioneer in the study of the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and the tools of government. The Center’s staff has extensive experience in developing large-scale collaborative research efforts with immediate policy and practice relevance, producing original analyses of the results, and disseminating the findings to diverse audiences.


DR. LESTER M. SALAMON [ email | CV ] is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. In addition, Dr. Salamon holds an appointment as Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center and serves as Scientific Director of the International Laboratory for Nonprofit Sector Studies at National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He previously served as Director of both the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Governance and Management Research at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. and as Deputy Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President.

Dr. Salamon pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and has extended this work to other parts of the world. Author of more than twenty books, his America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, Third Edition, (Foundation Center, 2012) is the standard text used in college-level courses on the nonprofit sector in the United States. His Partners in Public Service: Government and the Nonprofit Sector in the Modern Welfare State (Johns Hopkins University Press) won the 1996 ARNOVA Award for Distinguished Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, and in 2012 was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award from the American Political Science Association. Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, produced in collaboration with an international team of colleagues, won the Virginia Hodgkinson Award for best publication in the nonprofit field in 2001. His most recent book, Explaining Ciil Society Development: A Social Origins Approach (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), addresses the important analytical question of what accounts for the enormous and puzzling cross-national variations in the size and contours of the civil society sector around the world? Published by Oxford University Press in the June 2014, are two volumes that explore emerging forms of philanthropy—Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment, and New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and Actors Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing. Also published in 2014, Philanthropication thru Privatization: Building Permanent Endowments for the Common Good (il Mulino Press) investigates a way to capture all or a portion of the enormous privatization transactions under way around the world for autonomous charitable endowments serving the social and economic needs of citizens.

In addition, Dr. Salamon’s key publications include: The Resilient Sector Revisited: The New Challenge Facing Nonprofit America, Volume 2 (Brookings Press, 2015); The State of Nonprofit America, Volume 2 (Brookings Press, 2012); Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement: Lessons from Latin America (Kumarian Press, 2010); and The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Dr. Salamon received his B.A. degree in Economics and Policy Studies from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He is Chairman Emeritus and Member of the Board of the Community Foundation of the Chesapeake and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, and Transaction.

Research and Project Staff
The Center’s staff draws on a wide body of expertise and experience. Though most members of our staff focus on specific projects, we often work collaboratively across those lines to ensure the best possible outcomes of our research and to maximize the impact of our work.
MEGAN HADDOCK, International Research Projects Manager

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Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project; United Nations Nonprofit Handbook Project; Volunteer Measurement Project; International Fellows in Philanthropy Program

    • Megan Haddock is International Research Projects Manager for the Comparative Nonprofit Sector, UN


    • , and Volunteer Measurement Projects. She received her Masters in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Institute of Policy Studies and her B.A. from Carleton College in International Relations and Political Science. She was a lead author of the ILO

Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work

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Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics

    • , conference papers, and articles for newspapers and magazines.


    CHELSEA NEWHOUSE, Communications Associate | email
    Philanthropication thru Privatization Project; Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project; United Nations Nonprofit Handbook Project; Volunteer Measurement Project; Nonprofit Economic Data Project; Listening Post Project; New Frontiers of Philanthropy Project; International Fellows in Philanthropy Program; Media, website, and publications
    Chelsea Newhouse is the Center’s Communications Associate. Chelsea manages all aspects of the Center’s websites; publication and multimedia production and design; and new and traditional media outreach; and serves as the point of contact for media inquiries. Chelsea also works closely with the Project Manager for the United Nations Nonprofit Handbook, Comparative Nonprofit Sector, and Global Volunteer Measurement Projects; and coordinates the Listening Post, Nonprofit Economic Data, Philanthropication thru Privatization, and New Frontiers of Philanthropy Projects, and the International Fellows in Philanthropy Program. Chelsea previously worked for the Johns Hopkins University Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, the Baltimore Sun, and as a community organizer for Clean Water Action and the Democratic National Committee. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia.
    S. WOJCIECH SOKOLOWSKI, Senior Research Associate | email
    Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project; United Nations Nonprofit Handbook Project; Nonprofit Economic Data Project; Listening Post Project
    Dr. Sokolowski is Senior Research Associate for the Comparative Nonprofit Sector, Listening Post, and Nonprofit Employment Data Projects. Dr. Sokolowski received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the Lublin Catholic University in Poland, and an M.A. in Sociology from San Jose State University. He has taught at Hartnell College, Rutgers University, and Morgan State University. Dr. Sokolowski is the author of Civil Society and the Professions in Eastern Europe: Social Change and Organization in Poland (Plenum/Kluwer, 2001) and a co-author of Measuring Volunteering: A Practical Toolkit (Independent Sector/United Nations Volunteers, 2001). His research interests focus on the interaction between individuals and social institutions and social determinants of cognitive processes, and include writing on social movements, organizations, work, occupations and professions. His publications have appeared in Voluntas, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, the International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, and several edited volumes.