Kathy Kretman

Director, Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership
Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Kathy Kretman, Director of Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and Research Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, has devoted most of her career to the development of leaders in the public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She has been at Georgetown since 2001, teaching the theory and practice of what she calls leading for public purpose.

One of the highlights of Dr. Kretman’s career has been directing Georgetown’s nationally recognized nonprofit executive certificate program, which now has 860 alumni across the globe. Additionally, she has created customized leadership programs for international agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations including USAID, the Qatar Foundation, United Way International, the National Urban League, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and Florida’s Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

As a faculty member of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management for six years, Dr. Kretman found that she loved motivating students to explore their own leadership talents. During the same period, she served as an affiliate faculty member of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Executive Leadership Institute, training AmeriCorps and VISTA state and local directors.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Kretman advised chief executive officers on corporate social responsibility for the American Council of Life Insurance’s Center for Corporate Public Involvement; researched community and economic development issues for Regional Plan Association in New York City; and investigated discriminatory employment practices for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Dr. Kretman’s passion for leadership education, research and practice extends to her service on numerous boards and advisory groups over the years. Her writings and speeches reflect her philosophy that exercising leadership for public purpose is the responsibility of all, and not a privileged few.

She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University, and a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin.