Erwin de Leon is a Lecturer in the Nonprofit Management M.S. Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. His research and teaching interests include nonprofit organizations; data and technology in civil society; immigration and immigrant integration; and LGBTQ and race identity politics. His creative writing explores themes of identity and belonging, social justice, and social commentary.
Prior to his current position, Dr. de Leon served as the Deputy Academic Director for the Nonprofit Management M.S. Program. He was also the Editorial Director at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, where he managed the organization’s national and New York City policy teams and overall production of policy reports. He was a Research Associate at Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, where he headed research projects and authored or co-authored reports and articles on nonprofit-government contracting, immigrant organizations, public-private partnerships, and place-based collective impact initiatives. He has served in various organizations, including the Aspen Institute, Center for Progressive Leadership, Human Rights Campaign, Episcopal Relief and Development, Educators for Social Responsibility, and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. He was also an executive committee member of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, an organization that led the effort to secure the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino-American WWII soldiers.
Dr. de Leon received his Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy and M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment. A native of the Philippines, he completed his B.S. in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University. He lives in the Yorkville neighborhood of New York City with his husband, Rev. Dr. John Beddingfield, and their border collie mix, April. You can follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.