David Renz is the Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership and the Director of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, an education, research and outreach center of the Department of Public Affairs in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. During his career, Renz also has served as a senior government executive, including five years as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities and six years as assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Renz received his Ph.D. in organization theory and administration and a Master of Arts in industrial relations, both from the University of Minnesota.
Renz’s research focuses on the leadership and management of nonprofit and public service organizations, with emphasis on governance, the leadership of organizational innovation and transformational change and organizational effectiveness. He also conducts research on the development and institutionalization of university-based nonprofit academic centers. Recently, he has been engaged in an innovative leadership development collaboration with the faculty of the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Renz is a nationally recognized leader and award-winning educator. He also has provided leadership for several national capacity-building initiatives, including the founding of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.
Renz has written and co-authored more than 110 articles, reports and chapters for scholarly and practice-oriented publications, and he has led the design of several path-breaking national conferences on nonprofit governance and effectiveness. His publications have appeared in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Public Administration Review, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Strategic Governance, Public Productivity and Management Review, The American Review of Public Administration and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.