Lester M Salamon, Project Director

Dr. Lester M. Salamon is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. He previously served as Director of both the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Governance and Management Research at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. and as Deputy Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President.
Dr. Salamon pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and has extended this work to other parts of the world. Author of more than a dozen books, his America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, Third Edition, (Foundation Center, 2012) is the standard text used in college-level courses on the nonprofit sector in the United States. His Partners in Public Service: Government and the Nonprofit Sector in the Modern Welfare State (Johns Hopkins University Press) won the 1996 ARNOVA Award for Distinguished Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, and in 2012 was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award from the American Political Science Association. Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, produced in collaboration with an international team of colleagues, won the Virginia Hodgkinson Award for best publication in the nonprofit field in 2001.
In addition to the 3rd edition of America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, Dr. Salamon’s most recent publications include The State of Nonprofit America, Volume 2 (Brookings Press, 2012); Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement: Lessons from Latin America (Kumarian Press, 2010), The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance (Oxford University Press, 2002) and The Resilient Sector: The State of Nonprofit America (Brookings Press, 2003). Published by Oxford University Press in the Spring of 2014, are two volumes that explore emerging forms of philanthropy – Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment, and The New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and Actors Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing.
Dr. Salamon received his B.A. degree in Economics and Policy Studies from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He is Chairman Emeritus and Member of the Board of the Community Foundation of the Chesapeake and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, and Transaction.