Megan Pontes, PhD is an Assistant Teaching Professor teaching nonprofit leadership and management at the School of Community Resources and Development within the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. She has a BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, MBA from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Leadership Studies focused in nonprofit and philanthropic leadership from the University of San Diego. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Diego. Dr. Pontes has 13 years of experience in the financial sector in addition to years of experience as a board member, staff, and volunteer within the nonprofit sector. Her research interests include nonprofit advocacy for social change, philanthropy, board governance, and social enterprise.
University of San Diego
Doctor of Philosophy, Leadership Studies 2023
Area of Concentration: Nonprofit & Philanthropic Leadership
Dissertation: Advocating for Social Change: How a Human Service Nonprofit
Organization Makes Sense of Its Advocacy Successes and Failures
University of Florida
Master of Business Administration 2009
College of Charleston
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 2004
Nonprofit advocacy, advocacy for social change, philanthropy, board governance, and social enterprise.
Schmitz, H. P., & Pontes, M. (2021). Coronado Floral Association: Unifying the community? A case method. Teaching case and teaching note. University of San Diego.