Judith Millesen is an associate professor at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, where she is the director of the University's MPA programs. She is also the founder of the Regional Nonprofit Alliance, an organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit organizations in rural Appalachia by providing online resources, affordable workshops, and hands-on help. Millesen teaches classes on public administration, nonprofit management, and nonprofit fundraising. Her research makes a strong link between theory and practice and focuses on nonprofit administration and capacity building in the sector with a special interest in board governance. She has produced research reports on the strategic decision making behavior of community foundation boards, nonprofit capacity-building in the Pittsburgh region, the evaluation practices of nonprofits in New York and Ohio, board motivation in Maine, and most recently work on philanthropy and community economic development in central Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in such journals as Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Quarterly, Public Integrity, and Voluntas. She was also a co-editor of Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research, which won the 2012 Distinguished Edited Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Millesen is a member of ASPA, the Academy of Management, and ARNOVA. Nationally, she serves on the board of directors for ARNOVA and the board of editorial advisors for BoardSource. Locally she serves on the board of directors for the Athens Foundation. Millesen received her MPA from the University of Hartford and her Ph.D. in public administration from the University at Albany (SUNY).