Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration
Julie Meehan is pursuing her PhD in Public Administration and Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She is enhancing nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience with research to build the capacity of nonprofits to meet current challenges in the sector.
Julie Meehan graduated in 1994 with a dual B.A. in International Development & Social Change (with high honors) and Government from Clark University in Worcester, MA. During undergraduate studies, she enrolled in the School for International Training semester abroad program in Zimbabwe to better study development issues in southern Africa. After receiving her degree, Julie served as a VISTA to build infrastructure in a newly developing funding program at Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. She enhanced her experience with years of fundraising, grant writing, and special event coordination at HandsOn Atlanta. After receiving her MSW in 2001 with a focus area of Community Empowerment and Program Development, she developed the Children’s Advocacy program at The Tree House. The program was centered on a multi-disciplinary team approach with community partners to meet the safety, counseling, medical, and legal needs of children and non-offending family members. Julie eventually oversaw all of The Tree House’s child abuse prevention and intervention programs serving the Piedmont Judicial Circuit.
Julie served as the Executive Director of Community Connection of Northeast Georgia from 2004-2013. In her work at Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, Julie administered three crucial programs in Northeast Georgia. The 2-1-1 Information and Referral Helpline referred more than 60,000 individuals to needed social services each year; HandsOn Northeast Georgia was launched in 2008 to engage thousands of interested citizens to volunteer opportunities in the community; and the Non-Profit Development Alliance helped non-profit organizations receive the capacity building training, support and assistance they need – while ‘incubating’ new programs to fill gaps in services – was successfully broadened under her leadership. In this role, Julie managed individual and corporate funding, government funding, and major special events (“A Taste of Athens”) to deliver quality services to the region.
In 2013, Julie entered the Ph.D. program in Public Administration and Policy with a concentration Nonprofit Management. Julie’s research interests include leadership, capacity building, organizational lifecycles, and evaluation of nonprofit organizations. The delivery of government services through nonprofits (i.e. “The Hollow State”) and its efficacy in meeting the needs of the public is of particular interest. As she pursues her degree she provides hands on support to emerging and existing leaders of non-profits and communities as a graduate assistant at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.