The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership reflects GSPIA’s commitment to producing professionals who adhere to the highest standards of ethics and public accountability. The Johnson Institute provides students, faculty and the community at large with opportunities to engage in disciplined reflections and rigorous inquiry on issues of ethics and accountability that are of particular interest to the public and nonprofit sectors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Johnson Institute is to enhance professional and institutional ethics and accountability in public leadership. We accomplish this mission through an integrated portfolio of programs including:

Teaching: The Johnson Institute provides classroom instruction and experiential learning opportunities for GSPIA students and for experienced public service executives. The Leadership Portfolio Program is a 15 month leadership development program for exceptionally promising and motivated students.

Research: The Johnson Institute conducts basic and applied research on leadership and accountability in public service leading to publications in top journals. We also regularly publish case studies profiling the accomplishments of winners of our Exemplary Leader Award. The cases are available for classroom use here and at other institutions.

Outreach: The Johnson Institute promotes discussion and debate on timely public policy issues that involve leadership in the public sector. When possible also provide leadership consulting services, usually free of charge, to public and nonprofit organizations. The Nonprofit Clinic gives graduate students the opportunity to serve as management consultants to nonprofits in the Pittsburgh region.

These three aspects of the Johnson Institute mission work in concert to enhance the quality of public leadership in government, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations in Pittsburgh, the Nation, and abroad.

Upcoming Events
Featured Video
Jim Withers, M.D., 2017 Johnson Institute Exemplary Leadership Award Winner

Dr. Withers’ selfless efforts through Operation Safety Net have saved lives and conveyed a message of hope to the most marginalized and isolated members of our community. Moreover, he has steadfastly adhered to the principle of meeting people where they are, listening to their needs, and delivering services in a manner that is completely devoid of judgement or pity.


Recent News
May 17, 2017

In a landslide victory, GSPIA Alumnus and incumbent Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (MPPM ’11) garnered nearly 70% of the votes in the May 16th primary election, securing the Democratic Party nomination. As no Republican challengers have appeared, the path is clear for Peduto to assume a second term as Pittsburgh’s mayor.  

April 14, 2017

By Mamadou Ndiaye Jr.

On March 28, Dr. Jim Withers received the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Johnson Institute. Dr. Withers was recognized for his work with Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute. These organizations focus on healthcare provision to the homeless in communities in Pittsburgh and across the globe. At the luncheon held in his honor, Withers spoke about his career path and the need within the healthcare system to become more "humanized.” 

December 16, 2016

The Johnson Institute’s Case Study Series features the accomplishments of the Institute’s Exemplary Leadership Award Winners. This is the sixth case study in the exemplary leader series and it documents the leadership of Pitt alumnus Bill Strickland, CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation.  Mr. Strickland founded the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in 1968 and in 1972 assumed leadership of the Bidwell Training Center. The two now operate side by side in a beautiful facility in Pittsburgh’s Manchester neighborhood.

December 14, 2016

By Nancy Jones, (MPA)

Select cities around the world are acting to mitigate their impact on the environment and must develop plans to adapt to climate change. This past summer I wrote a case study comparing climate adaptation and mitigation policies in the city of Copenhagen.  Specifically I wanted to understand the rationale for the adoption of the two distinct policies. I chose Copenhagen because the city consistently ranks among the top 10 Green City Indices and other sustainability metrics, actively reduces the use of carbon-intensive systems in its portfolio, and must cope with increased flooding as a result of climate change. I applied for funding to carry out qualitative research with industry experts and was afforded the exceptional opportunity to visit the city during the first week of September. 

October 31, 2016

On October 19, 2016, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at GSPIA gave its annual Emerging Leader Award to Alec Karakatsanis. Alec is the founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps which provides pro bono legal services to those most in need and works to change the systemic issues that create unjustifiable inequalities in the criminal legal system. Prior to this, Alec co-founded Equal Justice Under Law, a non-profit organization dedicated to “ensuring that the legal system protects the important principles of human and civil rights, equality, and fairness.”

Featured Research

The Johnson Institute’s Case Study Series features the accomplishments of the Institute’s Exemplary Leadership Award Winners. This is the sixth case study in the exemplary leader series and it documents the leadership of Pitt alumnus Bill Strickland, CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation.
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Featured Publications
Johnson Institute Announces 2016 Annual Report

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is pleased to release its 2016 annual report featuring exemplars of leadership, teaching, research, and the ongoing public service efforts of the institute.

 
 

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