Dani Robbins

Dani Robbins is the Director of Nonprofit Administration programs at John Carroll University. After serving in the nonprofit arena for over 25 years, primarily in executive leadership positions for social justice agencies, she has ascended to what she considers her dream job and the continuation of her life’s work: advancing social justice.

Her education includes an MA in public administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a BA from Kent State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 22 and of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Advanced Leadership Program offered in conjunction with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Robbins founded and still leads Non Profit Evolution, a consulting firm dedicated to building capacity, board governance, and organizational development in small- to mid-sized nonprofit organizations. She has served as the chief executive of two domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers, as well as two Boys & Girls Clubs. She introduced the Women’s Coalition—the prelude to the Women’s Center—at Case Western Reserve University. In 2006, Dani received the Vision and Spirit Award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and in 2019, she was included as a Notable Women in Nonprofits by Crain’s Cleveland Business. She is the author of a blog on issues relating to nonprofit organizations, and the co-author, with Maureen Metcalf, of the Innovative Leadership Workbook for Nonprofit Executives. Dani is also a speaker and a trainer, a former instructor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, and a former fundraising coach for Network for Good.

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