Michelle Shumate is the founding director of Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact (NNSI). NNSI is dedicated to answering the question: How can nonprofit networks be rewired for maximum social impact? In addition she is a Professor of Communication Studies, the Delaney Family University Research Professor, an Associate Faculty at the Institute for Policy Research, and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Master's in Communication Studies at Northwestern University.
Professor Shumate's research has created new trajectories for organizational communication research in the past decade. She introduced theory and research inaugurating the bona-fide network perspective, a public communication-centered model of corporation-nonprofit relationships, and a typology of communication networks. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her work on interorganizational networks and nonprofit capacity and her research has been featured by the Conference Board. Professor Shumate holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree from Pepperdine University.