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Margaret F. Henderson

Lecturer in Public Administration; Director, Public Intersection Project

Margaret Henderson joined the School of Government in 1999. Her current responsibilities include teaching in the School’s MPA program, facilitating public meetings, and assisting local governments to address human trafficking. As director of the Public Intersection Project, she researches and communicates strategies that strengthen cross-sector working relationships for more effective public problem solving. In facilitation work, she specializes in the practical implications of managing cross-organizational collaborations, community programs, and nonprofit organizations. Henderson’s 20 years of experience in human services include work in state and local governments as well as nonprofits. Previously she was executive director of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. She has co-authored articles that were published in Popular Government, ICMA's IQ Report and PM Magazine, American Review of Public Administration, PA Times, and the FBI Law Enforcement Journal. Henderson earned a BBA in business administration from Angelo State University and an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Selected Publicatioms

“Property Tax Officials Can Help Recognize Human-Trafficking Indicators,” Public Management Bulletin #17, by Margaret Henderson and Kirk Boone, July 2019.

Labor Trafficking—What Local Governments Need to Know,” Public Management Bulletin #16, by Margaret Henderson and Nancy Hagan, February 2019.

Exploring the Intersections between Local Government and Human Trafficking: The Local Government Focus Group Project, ”Public Management Bulletin #15, by Margaret Henderson, June 2018.

“Ten Questions about Local Governments: A Primer for Anti–Human Trafficking Advocates,”  Public Management Bulletin #14, by Margaret Henderson, May 2018.

Human Trafficking in North Carolina: Strategies for Local Government Officials,” Public Management Bulletin #12, by Margaret Henderson, October 2017.

Options for Reporting Sexual Violence:  Developments Over the Past Decade,” FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, by Sabrina Garcia and Margaret Henderson, May 2010.

Hiring a Director for a Small Community-Based Nonprofit Agency:  A Step-by-Step Guide,” by Margaret Henderson and Kurt Jenne, Summer 2000, Popular Government

Publications co-authored with Lydian Altman and Gordon Whitaker, as a part of The Public Intersection Project:

Mutual Accountability Between Governments and Nonprofits, Moving Beyond ‘Surveillance’ to ‘Service,’” The American Review of Public Administration, Volume 34, Number 2, June 2004, SAGE Publications.

Working with Nonprofit Organizations, by Margaret Henderson, Lydian Altman, Suzanne Julian, Gordon P. Whitaker, and Eileen Youens, School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010.

"Positive Problem-Solving: How Appreciative Inquiry Works,” by Margaret Henderson, Lydian Altman, Gordon Whitaker, and Sallie Lee, ICMA, 2011. 


Additional Publications

"Nonprofits Should Fall Back, Regroup," guest editorial Philanthropy Journal, June 22, 2011.

“Blind Reporting of Sexual Violence,” FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, by Sabrina Garcia and Margaret Henderson, June 1999, pp. 12-16.

“Evolution of a Nonprofit, Part 1:  Determining the Organization’s Orientation,” by Margaret Henderson, Popular Government, Vol. 70, No. 1, Fall 2004.

“Evolution of a Nonprofit, Part 2: A Suggested Process for Change,” by Margaret Henderson, Popular Government, Fall 2004, published online at

Contributions to case studies in Board Member, published by BoardSource:

Your Money or Your Mission,” September 2003, Volume 12, Number 6.

“Who’s the Boss?” November 2004, Volume 13, Number 7.


Fields of Expertise
Board Development
Collaboration in Groups
Cross-Organizational Collaboration
Human Trafficking
Leadership Development
Nonprofit-Government Relations
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Change and Development
Strategic Planning and Visioning
Women in Public Service
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