Kathy P Kretman

Title

Director, Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership; Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Pol
Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership

Department

McCourt School of Public Policy
General profile

Phone

+1 202-687-5499

Location

5000 Harris Building

Bio

Kathy Kretman is the Director at Georgetown University’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership. She also serves as Research Professor for the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where she teaches public leadership. She has devoted much of her career to public service, and the development of emerging leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

As an affiliate faculty member of the Corporation for National and Community Service’s National Service Leadership Institute, Dr. Kretman provided executive training to AmeriCorps and VISTA directors around the country. She also served on the faculty of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where she taught courses in public leadership, contemporary issues in American politics, and women and politics. As a Program Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service, Dr. Kretman managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of grants to national and community-based nonprofit organizations, universities and school districts. She served as one of the Corporation’s specialists on service-learning, education policy and university/school/community partnerships.

During her tenure at the University of Maryland’s James MacGregor Burns’ Academy of Leadership, Dr. Kretman directed the CivicQuest Project, a collaborative civic and leadership education initiative between the University, the U.S. Department of Education, and Montgomery County Public Schools. She was one of six educators invited by the Department of Education to identify “promising practices” in leadership education in schools and universities across the country.

Earlier in her career, Kretman directed People for the American Way’s national programs, and advised chief executive officers on emerging social issues, philanthropy, and community initiatives for the American Council of Life Insurance’s Center for Corporate Public Involvement. She has performed extensive research on issues ranging from community and economic development for Regional Plan Association in New York City, to the investigation of discriminatory practices in federally-funded state and local programs for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Education

  • Ph.D. (1985) University of Maryland, Political Science
  • MA (1975) George Washington University, Public Administration
  • BS (1973) University of Texas at Austin, Government History