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Karin Baird

Karin Baird

Director of the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) Program | Assistant Professor

Karin Baird is the Director of the Spertus Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM) degree program. She has been teaching and advising nonprofit professionals at Spertus for more than ten years, sharing her considerable experience about nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Baird received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Michigan State and was hired as director of public relations for the Dane County Chapter of the American Red Cross in Madison, Wisconsin, before accepting a position in public relations with Red Cross headquarters in Washington, DC.

A lifelong contributor to the nonprofit sector, Dr. Baird volunteered in corporate relations and fundraising as well as serving in a number of local government-elected positions. This service led to her interest in pursuing a Master of Science in Human Services Administration (MSHSA) degree (the forerunner of the MSNM) at Spertus.

After completing her MS degree at Spertus, Dr. Baird became the Executive Director of the Chicago District of the U.S. Tennis Association, an ideal position for someone who has played competitive tennis for 25 years.

Dr. Baird has a master's degree in educational administration and a PhD in educational policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Nonprofit Management

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
MS, Spertus Institute

Research Interests

Nonprofit Management


American Social Policy and the Development of Human Services
History and Infrastructure of Philanthropy
Overview of Nonprofit Organizations and the Management of Nonprofits
Fundraising and Grantwriting Certificate Workshops