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Probably no feature of nonprofit organizational life is as vexing and challenging as the board of directors. In this session, Bill Ryan proposes new approaches to governing nonprofits, focusing on the challenges of both boards and the executives who must figure out how to lead alongside them. http://hausercenter.harvard.edu/?p=1551 William P. Ryan is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a consultant to nonprofit organizations and foundations. Both his consulting and research focus on nonprofit organizational effectiveness. He has explored how several forces—including board governance, access to capital, foundation grant making practices and competition with for-profit firms—shape the capacity of nonprofits to deliver on their missions. He currently directs the Nonprofit Governance and Accountability Project, a joint initiative of the Hauser Center and Harvard Law School aimed at engaging Harvard researchers in critical questions related to nonprofit governance. He is co-author of Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (honored with awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and Independent Sector) and High Performance Nonprofit Organizations: Managing Upstream for Greater Impact. His articles include “Virtuous Capital: What Foundations Can Learn from Venture Capitalists” and “The New Landscape for Nonprofits” in Harvard Business Review.