Nakeina E. Douglas Glenn, PhD, director, provides leadership for the institute and its programs. She also teaches in the MPA program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public affairs. Douglas-Glenn has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including VCU's President’s Outstanding Achievement Award, VCU's Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, and induction into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) a national leadership honor society.
Prior to coming to VCU, Douglas-Glenn served as a research and evaluation associate at the National Science Foundation. In addition, she was also an adjunct professor at George Mason University in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Douglas-Glenn earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Virginia Tech.
Douglas-Glenn is active in the community and in professional organizations. She is an elected member of American Council on Education’s Virginia Network executive board and serves as the institutional representative for Women's Network at VCU. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Fan Free Clinic.