Meet the Faculty
Mathieu R. Despard, MSW
Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program
Mat is a clinical assistant professor in UNC's School of Social Work where he teaches courses on social work practice with organizations and communities, social welfare policy, citizen participation and nonprofit leadership and financial management. Mat also participates in research on asset development for lower-income individuals and families. Prior to joining the School in July 2006, Mat worked for 12 years in nonprofit management and planning positions focusing on HIV/AIDS services, philanthropy, early childhood development, economic empowerment and asset development and health care for the uninsured. Mat has also taught short courses on nonprofit strategic planning and served as a consultant for local United Ways and for the United Way of America concerning outcome-focused community planning efforts.
Associate Director, Public Intersection Project
Margaret Henderson joined UNC's School of Government in 1999. In her role with the Public Intersection Project, she researches and communicates strategies that strengthen cross-sector working relationships for more effective public problem-solving. In facilitation work, she specializes in the practical implications of managing cross-organizational collaborations, community programs, and nonprofit organizations. Henderson’s 20 years of experience in human services includes work in state and local governments as well as nonprofits. Previously, she was executive director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Her current responsibilities include teaching in the School’s MPA Program, and she has co-authored articles that were published in Popular Government, ICMA's IQ Report and PM Magazine, American Review of Public Administration, PA Times, and the FBI Law Enforcement Journal. Henderson holds a BBA in business administration from Angelo State University and an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Associate Professor of Law
Thomas Kelley is an Associate Professor of Law at UNC's School of Law where he supervises the Community Development Law “CDL” Clinic. The CDL Clinic provides legal representation to nonprofit community development organizations, many of which face novel legal questions as they transform themselves into entrepreneurial social enterprises. He teaches and writes on, among other things, the law of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. His article, Rediscovering Vulgar Charity: A Historical Analysis of America’s Tangled Nonprofit Law, Fordham Law Review (May 2005), discusses the vexing legal issues faced by America’s new breed of entrepreneurial nonprofits. Kelley is a past board chair of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, a national model of social enterprise located in Durham, NC. In addition to his work on nonprofit organizations and philanthropy, he writes on the law of emerging nations. He spent the 2003-04 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Niger, where he studied customary law and the “westernization” of African legal systems.
Health Policy and Management
Gillings School of Global Public Health