Jennifer Rinella, Ed.D., CNP

Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Leadership Studies Business Administration
MA in Management


Office: Conway 334

Dr. Jennifer Rinella is the director of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies program in the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University. In addition to teaching and research activities, she oversees the nonprofit leadership curriculum, internship program, co-curricular activities and an outstanding team of adjunct instructors.

Rinella brings both academic and nonprofit management experience to the classroom. She spent five years as director of the Rockhurst University Center for Service Learning, and has held leadership and consulting positions with Providence St. John Foundation, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the LIGHT House, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Rinella is a Rockhurst alumna with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a Master of Integrated Humanities and Education. She earned the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Baker University in 2014. Her research interests include executive leadership of nonprofit human service organizations, career paths of nonprofit sector leaders, philanthropy and fundraising education, and collective impact collaborations.

Rinella has received the RU Excellence in Outcomes Assessment Award, the American Humanics Community Service and Vounteerism Benchmark Award, the Presidential Grant for Faculty Development, and Jerome and Jeannette Cohen grants for research and program innovation.  She currently serves on the boards of directors for the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.