Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, PhD
Disclosures: Non-Clinical Exception - 08/25/2021

Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, PhD, is a higher education academic and practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in organizational development, leadership development, public policy analysis, and racial equity. She earned her Ph.D. in public administration and public affairs with a graduate certificate in race and social policy from the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) at Virginia Tech. She has a Master of Social Work from Radford University and received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Bachelor of Science in sociology from Virginia Tech.

Douglas-Glenn is highly regarded for consultation aimed at developing, improving, and evaluating processes and people. Her professional practice emerges from the intersection of her training in social work and public administration and affords her clients a unique vantage point to understand the macro and micro influences that affect their success. Based on a value system that centers equity, this intersection of perspectives serves her well in navigating the complexity of individual needs and institutional demands. She is keenly aware of the social, political, and cultural contexts within which leadership is established and works with clients to provide strategic vision to pursue innovative solutions. 

Douglas-Glenn has been successful in developing and implementing practical and impactful learning experiences for academic and community stakeholders. She has an established record of accomplishment for building collaborative partnerships to deliver sustainable results within and across organizations and systems. Her areas of expertise include teaching and facilitating leadership development experiences for early, mid, and senior career professionals; strategy development to grow and sustain complex operations; public policy analysis for local and state government; social equity analyses for public and private entities; and individual, program, and organizational assessment and evaluation.   

Dr. Douglas-Glenn currently serves as director and associate professor at The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute and interim director of the Research institute for Social Equity both within the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University where she directs the Minority Political Leadership Institute (MPLI) and the HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Development Program. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors at VCU, including the President’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment. In addition, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

She is an active leader in many civic and professional organizationsShe previously served on the YWCA Richmond board of directors and was appointed to the Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force by Governor Terry McAuliffe. She is an elected member of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Virginia Women's Network executive board and serves as the Women's Network's institutional representative at VCU. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Health Brigade free and charitable clinic (formerly the Fan Free Clinic) and SOAR365, an organization providing services and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.