Char Mollison is Senior Fellow of the Center on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy and a member of the Affiliated Faculty. She is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and was named Senior Fellow of its Center for Advanced Governmental Studies in 2018. She teaches courses in nonprofit management, philanthropy, executive leadership, ethics, governance, and international NGO management and policy, both online and in the classroom.
She has over 35 years of experience leading, managing and advising nonprofit organizations. She began her career in 1977 at a national advocacy organization called WEAL where she worked on improving the status of women in higher education. As WEAL’s executive director, she developed the team of volunteers and staff and raised the financial support that resulted in several new laws relating to women’s legal and economic advancement. For the next 17 years she held senior positions at the Council on Foundations, an association of grantmakers, and at Independent Sector, a coalition of US-based nonprofits and philanthropies.
Her academic role began in 1997 as an adjunct teaching graduate courses in nonprofit management for Georgetown University and later Johns Hopkins University and George Mason University. In 2011, Johns Hopkins University expanded her role to include a faculty and administrative position overseeing its fully online program to offer a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She also served as the university’s faculty liaison for its Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility.
As a consultant, she has advised government officials and nonprofit executives in the U.S. and abroad, including Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, China, Central Asia, Bangladesh and Africa.
She holds a master’s degree in comparative literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on the subject of nongovernmental organizations and civil society. Her current national board service includes the Wise Giving Alliance of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, which sets standards for nonprofit organizations; CAF America, part of a global network of the UK-based Charities Aid Foundation which manages the international grantmaking of corporate, foundation and individual donors; and Palisades Village, a neighborhood-based nonprofit to help older people stay in their own homes as long as possible. Until recently, she served on the board of New Faculty Majority Foundation, dedicated to research and public information about the working conditions of adjunct and contingent faculty, and she continues her association in an advisory role. Her past board service includes Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and the House of Ruth, a nonprofit that serves homeless women and their children. She was a founding board member of Partners of Tanzania’s Relief and Development, a nonprofit that supports programs in some of the poorest, rural areas in Tanzania.
Her late husband was Andy Mollison, an award-winning journalist and leader regionally and nationally in the aging-in-place movement. She lives with her big orange tabby cat in a 1926 Sears kit house in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC. An opera and baseball fanatic, she gives talks about opera to other fanatics and follows the minutia of the Washington Nationals baseball team.