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Monika Hudson, DM

Gellert Family Business Resource Center, University of San Francisco School of Management
Associate Professor, Director
Associate Professor Monika Hudson successfully blends professional experience in the public sector with deep community involvement, teaching and research. She brings to life USF's commitment to provide students with challenging academic programs, preparing them to activate positive change in the workplace and in society. Her fields of expertise include entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, management and all aspects of public administration.

Professor Hudson's development as a teacher and researcher build on her background in public service and community development. Working within psychological and psycho-social frameworks, she has (along with two groups of scholars) studied the relationships between identity and health-risk behaviors of adolescents. She extends this work into studies of identity and workplace behaviors, specifically, examinations into the self-limiting behaviors of African-Americans and interplay of ethnic and gender identity in workplace behavior. Her work has led to two co-authored journal articles as well as a book chapter and a monograph.

As one of the USF's leading instructors providing undergraduates with service learning opportunities, she has actively brought on board more than 100 Bay Area organizations to participate in service learning programs. In addition, Dr. Hudson provides leadership for the Public Service Internship Program, in which students are given a scholarship or stipend to address areas of need in the community. She also directs the USF's Gellert Family Business Center to provide strategic and practical business knowledge to family businesses to promote successful next generation leadership.
Having served vital management and leadership roles in three California cities, Dr. Hudson brought about a number of economic development opportunities such as micro-enterprise and retail-and-service outlets to local residents - many of whom were under-resourced individuals whose neighborhoods lacked even fresh produce in their local stores. Her experience in the public sector, for government agencies, nonprofits, and private businesses—all positions that require deep community involvement—have helped Hudson developed a greater understanding of what each of the three sectors can actually accomplish, standing alone and working symbiotically.