Alan J. Abramson is a Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and Founding Director of Mason’s Center on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy. Alan is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an Affiliated Scholar at the Urban Institute. In these positions, he teaches, conducts research, and works with leaders on a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic issues. For more than a decade, Alan headed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit and philanthropy program, overseeing a variety of research and leadership initiatives focused on critical topics. Before joining the Aspen Institute, Alan Abramson was on the research staff of the Urban Institute. Professor Abramson has served on many national and local nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and has been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and papers, and his work has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association. Alan received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.