Public Leadership for Sustainable Development

Releasing Creativity in a Community of Scholars - Practitioners


The Hatfield School of Government’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is honored to be a recipient of a James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation grant to support the creation of Public Leadership Model for Sustainable Development. 

Sustainability Leadership Collaborative:

Integrating Theory and Practice


The Hatfield School of Government’s Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is pioneering the development and dissemination of a new public leadership model designed to promote sustainable development.  The model is responsive to the growing demand for public leaders – both locally and globally – to facilitate integrated and adaptive policy solutions that contribute to economic vitality, environmental health and community resilience while minimizing the impact of our ecological footprint. The model is being co-produced with experienced practitioners who will assist ELI in developing a new theory-based leadership curriculum.  This joint effort will provide the foundation for developing new educational and professional development training programs to prepare the next generation of public servants for responsible leadership in a globalized world.  This project is funded through a grant from the Miller Foundation.


To enhance the relevance and effectiveness of PSU’s leadership curriculum focusing on sustainable development.

Project Outcomes:

  1. The creation of a Sustainability Leadership Collaborative, a community of scholars & practitioners, who provide a forum for future learning & curricular development.
  2. Hold a public leadership curriculum conference at PSU for domestic and global partners.

These outcomes advance faculty research and curriculum expansion to enhance the ability of students and practitioners to serve as effective public leaders for sustainable development.

Project Timeline:

February 1, 2009 until June 30, 2009

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During the first phase of the project, ELI has developed a Public Sector Leadership for Sustainable Development Framework to serve as a starting point for the creation of a multidisciplinary Sustainability Leadership Collaborative (SLC) with select PSU faculty, administrators, and area practitioners. SLC will be an inclusive learning community dedicated to the principles of shared discovery, functional connections among learners, linkages between learning and life experiences and better integration of academic research/theory with real-world practical application.

Over the next couple of months, participating members of SLC will provide guidance to improve sustainable leadership curricula during three intensive two-hour sessions and a culminating two-day conference. Over the next year, we hope SLC will continue to meet and integrate shared discoveries into the classroom, with a larger university conference to share the outcomes of our challenging work.

Committed Organizations Outside of PSU:

Key partners include the Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington County, and select U.S. policy institutions.  In addition, ELI is adding a cross-cultural dimension to this scholarly effort by partnering with the Ho Chi Minh National Academy for Politics and Public Administration in Hanoi.



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Project Co-Directors:

Prof. Douglas Morgan

Prof. Marcus Ingle


Project Manager:

Jennifer McFarland


This project is made possible by the generous support of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and Portland State University. Global collaborations with Vietnam made possible by the Ford Foundation.