Pat Libby

Pat Libby is a popular speaker, writer, and change management consultant who views the work of third sector organizations through the kaleidoscope of her experiences as a long-time nonprofit CEO, academic, board member, and consultant to innumerable organizations. 

A self-described “recovering academic,” Pat founded and led the Nonprofit Institute at USD for 14 years – creating graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels, an endowed research center, and community education programs serving hundreds of people and organizations each year. Her consulting firm works with organizations to transition and recruit executives, think and plan strategically, re-engineer governance, program, and operating structures, and find practical solutions to other complex problems. 

Pat is author of several books: The Lobbying Strategy Handbook, second edition (Oxford 2020) and Cases in Nonprofit Management (SAGE 2017).  A Boston native, Pat holds a graduate degree in Urban Planning from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Sociology from Tufts University. Her complete CV and more information are available at