Rachel Fyall joined the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance as an assistant professor beginning Autumn 2014. Her research investigates the influence of nonprofit organizations on the formation of public policy and in the delivery of public services. She examines how discretion shapes the public services provided by nonprofit contractors as well as advocacy and lobbying by nonprofit organizations. Her primary research context is publicly subsidized low-income housing, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and various homelessness interventions. Rachel's research has been published in Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, both at UW. Rachel is also the Faculty Chair of the Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative.
Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, an M.P.A. from George Washington University (nonprofit management concentration), and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University. Before pursuing her doctorate, Fyall worked in housing policy at the Housing Development Consortium in Seattle. She previously worked at the Technology Access Foundation (Seattle) and has professional and volunteer experience in a variety of other nonprofit organizations.
Levine Daniel, J. and R. Fyall. 2019. "The Intersection of Nonprofit Roles and Public Policy Implementation." Public Performance & Management Review. OnlineFirst. DOI:
Fyall, R., M. K. Moore, and M. K. Gugerty. 2018. "Beyond NTEE Codes: Opportunities to Understand Nonprofit Activity through Mission Statement Content Coding." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 47(4): 677-701.
Fyall, R. and J. Levine Daniel. 2018. "Pantries and Policy Implementation: Using Nonprofit Priorities to Understand Variation in Emergency Food Assistance." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 47(4_suppl): 11S-33S.
Fyall, R. and A. Casey. 2017. "Urbanizing for Equity: Harnessing Upzones as a Redistributive Policy Tool." Cityscape 19(2): 9-20.
Fyall, R. and S. W. Allard. 2017. “Nonprofits and Political Activity: A Joint Consideration of the Political Activities, Programs, and Organizational Characteristics of Social Service Nonprofits.” Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance 41(3): 275-300.
Fyall, R. 2017. “Nonprofits as Advocates and Providers: A Conceptual Framework.” Policy Studies Journal 45(1): 121-143.
Fyall, R. 2016. “The Power of Nonprofits: Mechanisms for Nonprofit Policy Influence.” Public Administration Review 76(6): 938-948.
Fyall, R. and M. McGuire. 2015. “Advocating for Policy Change in Nonprofit Coalitions.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 44(6): 1274-1291.
Fyall, R. and B. Gazley. 2015. “Applying Social Role Theory to Gender and Volunteering in a Professional Context.” Voluntas 26(1): 288-314.
Fyall, R., Stevens, C., and Manzo, L. (May 2019). Understanding Housing and Food Insecurity Among University of Washington Students: An Internal Report. Seattle, WA.
- PUBPOL 511: Managing Politics and the Policy Process
- PUBPOL 513: Public Policy Analysis
- PUBPOL 550: Managing Nonprofit Organizations
- PUBPOL 555: Advocacy for Social Change
- PUBPOL 564: Housing and Social Policy
- PUBPOL 608: Capstone Project Seminar