Jesus N. Valero portrait
  • Associate Professor, Division Of Public Affairs
  • Affiliate Faculty, Asia Center


  • BA, Sociology, University of Texas - San Antonio
  • MPA, Public Administration, University of Texas - Pan American
  • PhD, Public Administration, University of North Texas


Jesús N. Valero, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah.  Prior to joining the University of Utah, he enjoyed a professional career in the nonprofit sector.  Jesús teaches courses on nonprofit organizations and NGOs and public administration seminars.  He is also a Visiting Faculty in the Executive Education Program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy where he teaches a course on partnership development.  Jesús’ research explores government-nonprofit partnerships, effective leadership in nonprofit organizations, and the use and impact of social media in public service.  His work has been published in scholarly journals, including Public Administration Review, Disaster Prevention and Management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Cityscape: Journal of Policy Development and Research.

Jesús is a recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) as well as the Founders' Fellowship Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  He completed a fellowship funded by the University of Michigan’s Population Fellows Program at Family Care International in New York City, and he is also a former Emerging Scholar at the Urban Institute’s Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy in Washington, D.C.  Jesús is a co-recipient of a research grant from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, and the published report from this grant, entitled “Effective Leadership in Network Collaboration: Lessons Learned from Continuum of Care Homeless Programs,” analyzed the impact of leadership style on collaboration outcomes within the context of homeless services in the United States.  Most recently in September 2017, he received a Systems for Action Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for exploratory and interdisciplinary research on the impact of collaboration on the medical service needs of homeless individuals and families.  

Jesús earned his PhD in public administration with a specialization in nonprofit management from the University of North Texas; Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas-Pan American; and BA from the University of Texas-San Antonio.