Science Advisory Committee Member
Sheldon Gen is associate professor in the Public Administration Program at San Francisco State University. He is the co-author of Nonprofits in Policy Advocacy: Their Strategies and Stories (2020), a groundbreaking book investigating how nonprofit organizations help shape public policies. Prior to his academic career, he was a civil engineer with public agencies including the Peace Corps, the US Air Force, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2020 he was re-elected to the Board of Education of Petaluma City Schools. A son of immigrants, and a first-generation college graduate, he holds a BS degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly, an MPA from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in public policy from Georgia Tech. He is also an alumnus of the Presidential Management Fellowship and the Wikipedia Teaching Fellowship, and the recipient of the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award for outstanding public service.