Erwin de Leon, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer, SPS; Lecturer in the Discipline of Nonprofit Management; Research Fellow, Knology
Erwin de Leon is the Chief Diversity Officer of Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies and a Lecturer in the Nonprofit Management Program. He is also a Research Fellow at Knology. His research and teaching interests include nonprofit organizations; diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA); immigration and immigrant integration; data and technology in civil society; and LGBTQ and race identity politics.
Prior to his current position, Dr. de Leon served as the Deputy Academic Director for the Nonprofit Management Program. He was also 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 Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness; 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 an Ph.D. in public and urban policy and an 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.
- NOPM PS5180: Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector
- NOPM PS5250: Data Analytics/Metrics in the Nonprofit Sector
- NOPM PS5390: Nonprofit Management Capstone Project
- Ph.D., Public and Urban Policy, The New School
- M.S., Nonprofit Management, The New School
- B.S., Management Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University
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Chief Diversity Officer: There’s No One Way to Celebrate Juneteenth or Pride
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Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Erwin de Leon Reflects on AAPI Heritage Month
In spite of our number and long presence in the United States, we occupy that liminal space between visibility and invisibility.