Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., director and associate professor, provides leadership for the institute and its programs. She is a higher education academic and practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in organizational development, leadership development, public policy analysis, and racial equity. Douglas-Glenn has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors at VCU, including the President’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment. In addition, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.
Prior to coming to VCU, Douglas-Glenn served as a research and evaluation associate at the National Science Foundation. She was also an adjunct professor at George Mason University in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Douglas-Glenn earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in public administration and public affairs with a certificate in race and social policy from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. She has a Master of Social Work from Radford University and received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Bachelor of Science in sociology from Virginia Tech.
Douglas-Glenn is active in the community and professional organizations. She previously served on the YWCA Richmond board of directors and was appointed to the Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force by Governor Terry McAuliffe. She is an elected member of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Virginia Women's Network executive board and serves as the Women's Network's institutional representative at VCU. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Health Brigade free and charitable clinic (formerly the Fan Free Clinic) and SOAR365, an organization providing services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.