Portrait of Melissa Stone
Professor Emerita
242 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Leadership and Management Area
Areas of Expertise
Collaborative governance; nonprofit and NGO management; philanthropy; public management; strategic planning


    Melissa M. Stone is Professor Emerita at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research have focused on organizational collaboration for policy advocacy and implementation and the governance and strategic management of nonprofit organizations. She has published widely in scholarly journals and books in the fields of nonprofit studies, public management, and strategic management and sits on the editorial board of Nonprofit Policy Forum.

    Stone has taught at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs, the Yale School of Management, and Boston University's School of Management. Stone has won numerous teaching and research awards including the University's prestigious Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education for 2007–2008, the 2011 RGK Center-ARNOVA Presidents Award for Research, and the 2020 Award for Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

    Prior to her academic career, Stone founded and led two nonprofit organizations in the field of youth and family social services. She holds an MBA and PhD in organizational behavior from Yale University.


    PhD in Organizational Behavior (Yale University, 1989)

    MBA (Yale University, 1982)

    BA (University of Pennsylvania, 1970)