Mandy Sharp Eizinger is a program manager for learning services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She joined the Johnson Center in April 2020 after twelve years in nonprofit program management in Chicago — and is happy to return to her home state of Michigan. Mandy brings training in Gallup Strengths Coaching (CliftonStrengths: Developer, Belief, Connectedness, Responsibility, Empathy) and a people-centered approach to developing individuals and programs to make meaningful and measurable impact.
Prior to joining the Johnson Center, Mandy led regional community engagement strategy with UNICEF USA, helping to amplify the organization’s US-based education, advocacy and fundraising programs including Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, End Trafficking, UNICEF Kid Power and mobilization after emergencies. She served in the inaugural UNICEF Global Citizenship Fellows cohort deployed to unite and empower American youth and volunteers in service on behalf of children around the world in 2012. For eight years, Mandy led the Global Citizenship Fellowship program in national recruitment, training, coaching and professional development of more than 75 Fellows and alumni now working in the social impact space around the world.
Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University. Her graduate thesis assessed the motivations of highly committed international donors and was presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in 2010.
Mandy lives with her husband and their two young sons in Grand Rapids and are always up for ice cream, regardless of the weather. She believes nothing can beat a Lake Michigan sunset.