Lester M. Salamon
Organization: Center for Civil Society Studies, Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
Location: Baltimore, MD
Lester M. Salamon is a member of the Expert Advisory Group.
Lester M. Salamon is a professor at The Johns Hopkins University and director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies. He previously served as director of the Center for Governance and Management Research at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., and as deputy associate director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Dr. Salamon was a pioneer in the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and throughout the world. His 1982 book, The Federal Budget and the Nonprofit Sector, was the first to document the scale of the American nonprofit sector and the extent of government support to it. Dr. Salamon subsequently extended empirical assessment to international nonprofits, and he has published the results of this comparative research in several books. He is also the author of America's Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, which is used widely in college-level courses. Dr. Salamon received his B.A. degree in economics and policy studies from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. He serves on the Social Science Research Council's Committee on the Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy, on the boards of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Chesapeake Community Foundation, and on the editorial boards of scholarly journals.