Podcast: All Things Local
I speak with public service researchers and workers across communities about topics and issues affecting their local towns, villages, cities, and neighborhoods. Hear ideas and challenges from people working in local government and nonprofit organizations. Brought to you by the School of Public and Global Affairs at Northern Illinois University.


Description: On this first episode, I am joined by Paul LaLonde, Vice President of Operations and Human Resources for the Voluntary Action Center.  Paul graduated with an MPA from Northern Illinois University in 2009.  He discussed his career path in public service, as well as his organization’s role in providing public transportation across five counties in Northern Illinois.   Paul notes that transit "is a perfect example of governance in action" as VAC works with all levels of government. 

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Podcast Interviews

  • Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) Podcast on the subject "Trends and Topics in MPA Programs
    • Episode 120:  April 18, 2017 Justin Marlowe from the University of Washington Evans School & Alicia Schatteman from Northern Illinois University join GovLove to discuss what they see as the trending topics in local government. From technology to communication and the use of the M-word Justin & Alicia share what they are seeing from their MPA students.
  • Jake Lawrence Podcast interviews people in the government and nonprofit sector
    • Episode 3:  March 2017 Alicia Schatteman talks about her background, what got her interested in working for and with nonprofit organizations, her experiences as an executive director, professor, researcher, and consultant.  
  • The Social Corner Podcast is put together by CAUSE, a student-run organization out of Northern Illinois University. The Social Corner is CAUSE's first podcast, which will acclimate the listener to the social space, and provoke the willingness to make positive change in the world.
    • Episode 2:  February 2017 Alicia Schatteman discusses why management context matters especially in the nonprofit sector

NIU Expert on Nonprofits: Online Guide

Alicia Schatteman understands nonprofit organizations. With more than a decade of experience working in the nonprofit and public sectors in Canada and the U.S., she now teaches, consults, and conducts research in the areas of nonprofit strategic planning, financial management, and technology. 

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PA Times,  published by the American Society for Public Administration