"Before I came to Grand Valley, I ran various nonprofits for 10 years. I bring in real-life examples to the classes." - Heather Carpenter, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
Michelle Wooddell, Assistant Professor
Professor Wooddell earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Michigan, her master’s of public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and her doctorate in political science, with an emphasis in public administration and nonprofit management, from Wayne State University. She also has extensive work experience in the nonprofit sector, including eleven years at the Detroit Historical Society where she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Comprehensive Campaign. In 2013, she formed her own firm, Cobblestone Solutions, LLC, to assist nonprofit organizations with project-based fundraising, marketing and management needs. In August 2014, she joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University as an Assistant Professor in the School of Community and Public Service’s Department of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration. Her research interests include nonprofit management, the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors and fundraising efficacy.