We feature a wide variety of authors on Leading Thoughts. We value the wide variety of perspectives that Faculty, students, and practitioners bring to the field. If you would like to write an article, please contact Lauren Walker (

Recent authors include:

Sook Jin (MPP '12) is the manager of a partnership between the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and the Minnesota Department of Human Services to engage the state and counties in systems redesign, and to improve service delivery in the human services sector. Ong comes from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with prior experience in the corporate sector. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management and economics from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her current research interests and practice are in the application of human-centered design principles to public sector innovation, policy implementation practices, and leadership. She will be teaching the Spring 2016 PA5190 Sec 02 course, Human-Centered Public Service Redesign (starts March 24, 2016).

Stephanie Jacobs is deputy director of the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC), a community that creates and nurtures excellence in public affairs management and leadership. Prior to joining the PNLC, Stephanie was Program Director at the Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Previously, she was director of member services at the Minnesota Council on Foundations and consulting associate with Fieldstone Alliance. Stephanie is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds a master's degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She participated in the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Leadership Institute and is an active volunteer in the Minnesota nonprofit community.

Jodi Sandfort is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota and Chair of the school's Leadership & Management Area. She also is the academic director of the international collection of Public Affairs multi-media teaching tools, the Hubert project, focused on promoting interactive teaching and learning. Her own research, teaching, and practice focus on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. As a result, she works with and studies the leaders, organizations, and networks of public, private, and philanthropic organizations that develop and deliver social programs. Jodi received her PhD from a multi-disciplinary program (University of Michigan, Political Science and Social Work) and has taken time away from the academy to build skills as a practitioner and develop firsthand knowledge of how foundations and other nonprofits operate.

Barbara C. Crosby is associate professor at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and former academic co-director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of Minnesota. She has taught and written extensively about leadership and public policy, integrative leadership, cross-sector collaboration, women in leadership, media and public policy, and strategic planning. She is the author of Leadership for Global Citizenship (1999) and co-author with John M. Bryson of (Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World 2d. ed. 2005).

Lauren Walker is a first year MPP candidate at the Humphrey School studying Global Policy. She also works for the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center as the Gross Family Fellow. She studies the intersection of global policy and policy analysis, and hopes to increase communication between policy makers and effective programs in her future career. She previously worked as a Regional Organizer for International Justice Mission in the Midwest.