John Ronquillo, PhD

Associate Professor

Portrait of Dr. John Ronquillo

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Dr. John C. Ronquillo is an associate professor of nonprofit and public management at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. He previously served on the faculty at DePaul University where he also directed the MPA program. Ronquillo researches in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and social equity, and during AY 2020-2021 serves as a co-chair of the university's Equity Task Force. Ronquillo is also engaged in continuing research focused on indigenous leadership and governance in Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. 

Ronquillo has taught extensively in the PhD, Executive MPA, MPA, and Bachelor of Arts in Public Service programs, and in 2018 was honored with the CU Online Innovator Award for the creative and technological enhancement of his online courses and was recognized with the School of Public Affairs Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership in 2020. He has manuscripts published or forthcoming in Public Administration Review, the American Review of Public Administration, Decision Support Systems, Public Integrity, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, the Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, and in numerous edited volumes. 

Ronquillo is highly engaged in the community and currently serves on the Colorado COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project Advisory Council, and on the Boards of Directors of Servicios de La Raza and the Arapahoe County Foundation, Inc.

Prior to his academic career, Ronquillo worked for the Arizona Association of Counties, the Arizona Government Information Technology Agency (now Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology), the Salt River Project, the City of Chandler (AZ), former U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor (AZ), and he was Director of Student Events for the 2004 Presidential Debate at Arizona State University. 

Ronquillo holds a PhD in public administration and policy from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a BA cum laude in journalism and mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, also at ASU.

Areas of Expertise

diversity, inclusion, and social equity; public service ethics and leadership; nonprofit and public management; Indigenous governance and leadership; social entrepreneurship

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Policy
University of Georgia

Master of Public Administration
Arizona State University

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University

Curriculum Vitae



2020 Excellence in Service and Leadership, CU Denver School of Public Affairs
2018 Honorable Mention, Excellence in Service and Leadership, CU Denver School of Public Affairs
2018 CU Innovator Award, CU Online
2016 Honorable Mention, Excellence in Teaching, CU Denver School of Public Affairs
2015 Honorable Mention, Excellence in Service, CU Denver School of Public Affairs