Erica Walls

Erica Walls
409 F
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington , District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, corporate-social collaborations, women’s empowerment



Erica Walls (formerly Broadus) teaches students to formulate sustainable solutions to complex social problems. She specializes in courses that encourage students to formulate positive, sustainable solutions to complex social problems – including Organizing for Social Justice, Introduction to Human Services, Introduction to Public Service, and Social Entrepreneurship. Erica earned a master of public affairs in nonprofit management from Indiana University, as well as a bachelor of science degree in marketing. She earned a PhD in Social Policy & Gender Studies from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. Her research and teaching focus on social entrepreneurship, U.S. social welfare policy, and global initiatives that promote gender equality. Erica has worked extensively in the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors in the areas of research, development, marketing, and evaluation. She has worked for large corporate entities, in higher education, and with a host of nonprofits, and has consulted for the Urban Institute, U.N. Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, and Cancer Support Community. Erica advocates for women’s health and has led leadership programs on self-esteem, goal-achievement, and strategic planning.

Current Research

Gender dynamics of social enterprise



PhD in Social Policy & Gender Studies from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

MPA in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs

BS in Marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business



Broadus, Erica D. Does Gender Matter? A Feminist Exploration of the Financial Performance of Social Enterprise. Diss. The George Washington University, 2019.

Pandey, S., Pandey, S., Breslin, R., Broadus, E. "Public service motivation research program: Key challenges and future prospects." Chapter 19 (2017): 314-332.

Steurle, E., Cordes, J., Broadus, E. "New ways of Creating social value." Nonprofits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict (2016): 263.

Research Interests

Social impact methods/strategies through entrepreneurship, community engagement, and women’s empowerment.


Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

George Washington University Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, 2014-2019

Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration

IUPUI Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Alumni Association Scholarship


Classes Taught

HSSJ 4198: Social Entrepreneurship