MPA Faculty

Dr. McRae began teaching with the MPA program while he served as Director of Public Policy at the Snelling Center for Government.  With extensive experience in community engagement and institutional capacity building he managed policy development processes in a wide range a areas including health care reform, development of a green business sector in the state, community livability, broadband expansion, and food systems. He has integrated many of these experiences into teaching courses on policy development and implementation, supporting student internships and developing capstone project experiences.
Dr. McRae joined the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center in 2011 to direct the Transportation Education Development Pilot Program (TEDDP) and has been active in the national network on Transportation Workforce Development and the Council of University Transportation Centers workforce group, serving as a member of the leadership team that organized the National Summit on the topic in April 2012. The Vermont-based pilot work built career pathway approaches across high school, community college, university, adult education and professional development programs. This work has expanded to covering 11 states and the District of Columbia as the UVM TRC was designated the Northeast Transportation Workforce Center by FHWA in 2014.
He has spent the last thirty years creating and implementing programs and initiatives in Vermont and around the country that build organizational capacity and empowered citizens to more fully participate and engage in their community, their enterprises and their government. He established a statewide leadership and capacity building program for the Vermont Community Foundation. He has also worked extensively with international efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the health care industry, including efforts for the World Bank, USAID and the World Health Organization. From 2002-2012 he was a consultant to the Global Environmental Facility project developing training curriculum, train-the-trainer programs, university certificate programs, and pilot projects demonstrating and promoting the use of best practices and techniques for healthcare waste management in seven countries. He has consulted for more than two dozen countries in this field, most recently in Zambia and Rwanda.

Glenn McRae

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

workforce development, nonprofit management and leadership development, community engagement, policy development


  • SUNY-Potsdam, BA Anthropology & English
  • Goddard College, MA Social Ecology
  • The Union Institute & University, Ph.D. Anthropology


Office Location:

Farrell Hall 110

Courses Taught

  • Public Administration MPA Capstone Course
  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Policy Implementation
  • Nonprofit Administration