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Professional Summary

I am the founder and director of the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact, a research lab at Northwestern University. In addition, I am a professor of Communication Studies, the Delaney Family University Research Professor, and an Associate Faculty at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University

The National Science Foundation recognized my research with a CAREER award. My research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Army Research Office.  Nonprofit Quarterly, Stanford Social Innovation, and the Conference board have featured her work.

I also maintain an active consulting, coaching, and training practice. In 2019, I expanded that practice when I founded Social Impact Network Consulting.

Selected Publications

Wang, R., Cooper, K., & Shumate, M. (2020). The community systems solution framework. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter, 34-39.

Shumate, M (2018). Nonprofit, you can get much more utility from your data. Youth Today.

Shumate, M., Fu, J. S., & Cooper, K. R (2018). Does cross-sector collaboration lead to higher nonprofit capacity? The Intersector Project.

Work Experience


Northwestern University


Associate Professor


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor


North Dakota State University

Assistant Professor



University of Southern California



When I'm not coaching network leaders, I'm an avid reader and birder. I am a mediocre karate student, yogi, and tennis player. I am also a mom of two, who teach me everyday.

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