Lauren Azevedo, Ph.D.

Lauren Azevedo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration, School of Public Affairs
Office Phone
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Olmsted Building, W160
Thursday and Friday, 2:00 -4:00 p.m.

    Dr. Lauren Azevedo earned a doctorate degree from the University of Central Florida in Public Affairs with a concentration in Public Administration where her work focused on nonprofit management and leadership. Her dissertation was on Florida community foundations’ board capital and its impact on board effectiveness. Her research aims to better understand the role of community foundations in community development and social change. She has published along with colleagues at UCF in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship and has additional work under review. Her academic and professional expertise surrounds nonprofit management, community foundations, capacity building, board governance, program evaluation, and diversity management. She has consulted with various nonprofits and government agencies in Florida, and presented findings in report and journal form (Journal of Latinos and Education) as well as at various conferences, like the American Evaluation Association (AEA), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). She is a skilled grant writer, receiving over 2 million dollars in various programs for community based work on program evaluation and capacity building. Dr. Azevedo is currently a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg.

    Research Interests

    Public Administration Education

    Nonprofit Management & Leadership

    Board Governance

    Collaborative Government

    Strategic Management

    Capacity Building

    Ethics & Cultural Competency

    Organizational Behavior

    Program Evaluation

    Research Methods


    Ph.D. (University of Central Florida)

    M.P.A. (Georgia Southern University)

    B.A. (Mercer University)

    Course Schedule
    Public Administration in the Policy Process
    Strategic Planning
    Organizational Theory and Change
    Human Resource Management in Public Organizations/Personnel Management
    Cultural Competency in a Global Society
    Introduction to Public Administration
    Administrative Theory
    Fiscal Management
    Nonprofit Management
    Volunteer Management