Todd Ely, PhD

Associate Professor
Program Director, Master of Public Administration
Director, Center for Local Government


Email Address:

Primary Phone: 303-315-2152

Office Hours: By appointment




Todd L. Ely is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver where he directs the Center for Local Government Research and Training. Driven by the desire to improve financial stewardship, his research and teaching focus on the financing of state and local public services, municipal debt, education finance and policy, and public and nonprofit financial management. He is the co-author of "Essentials of Public Service," an introductory public administration textbook. Todd received his PhD in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Prior to academia, Todd worked in management consulting and higher education administration.

Areas of Expertise

public and nonprofit financial management, state and local government, public finance, education policy and finance, research methods

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
New York University

Master of Public Administration
University of Arizona

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Emory University

Curriculum Vitae


School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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