Wallace Swan

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Academic Experience:
Dr. Wallace Swan is a Contributing Faculty Member at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaching the Strategic Planning, Management, and Global Leadership course.
He has also served as:
Director, 1979-1981-- Nova University External Doctorate in Public Administration program in Minnesota.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Political Science, 1979-1986—University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
Community Faculty Member, 1979-1995, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul
Adjunct Instructor ---Served in 2008-Dec. 2009 instructor in the MPA Program at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale
Adjunct Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, PRC, October, 2011-October 2014
Adjunct Instructor, School of Business (M.P.A. Program), Hamline University, St. Paul, 2006-2019

Professional experience is as follows:
Intern with the Village of Edina (handling planning functions) and a Research Fellow with the Center for Training for Programs for the Aging at the University of Minnesota, handling research on aging for the period from September 1966 through September 1967.
Administrative Analyst, Minnesota Department of Public Welfare July 1969 to July 1972
Planner III in the DPW Planning Office, January 1972 to June 1973
Planner III, DPW Office of Regional Development, June 1973 to May 1974
Director of Minnesota DPW Office of Regional Development, May 1974 through January 1975
Principal Management Analyst, Hennepin County Welfare Department, January 1975 to April 1978
Principal Management Analyst/Program Analysis Manager, April 1978 to February 1985, Hennepin County Community Services Department
Program Analysis Manager, Services to Handicapped Division February 1985 to June 1987
Senior Program Analyst, Hennepin County Seniors and Disabilities Divisions, June 1987 to March 1995
Senior Planning Analyst, Developmental Disabilities Division, Hennepin County Adult Services Department, March 1995 to August 2003

Experience as Elected Official:
Served three terms as both Vice President and President of the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation, a city-wide electoral office (through Dec. 31, 2005). Jointly responsible for (l) Auditing city functions, (2) Setting the property tax levy for the Library and Park Boards as well as City functions, and (3) Management of $1.2 billion capital bonding for the City of Minneapolis.

President of Wallace Swan and Associates
Campaign Manager for Lydia Lee for Minneapolis School Board, August-September 2004 (1st place in Primary and 2nd place in General election: First Asian American President of Minneapolis School Board)
Business Consultant and Office Manager of Rent Electrical Services, Inc., October 2004.
Consultant for Gov. Mark Dayton’s first campaign for Governor, Jan.-Nov., 2010
Campaign Manager for Diane Hofstede for City Council, May through November 5, 2013.
Campaign Manager, Paula Overby for DFL endorsement for U.S. House of Representatives, February through April 2014, and General election Campaign Manager, Paula Overby for DFL for U.S. House of Representatives, September-November, 2016.

American Society for Public Administration
Government Finance Officers Association (associate member)

Courses Taught

MMPA 6420 - Organizational Management and Leadership


Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.), Nova Southeastern University

M.A.P.A. (Master of Arts in Public Administration), University of Minnesota

BA, University of Idaho

Public Service

Rainbow Health Minnesota, Board of Directors - Minneapolis

Awards / Honors

Who's Who in America, Marquis Publications, 2021


Swan, W. K. The Routledge Handbook of LGBTQ Administration and Policy.


Swan, W. K. (2019). “The Routledge Handbook of LGBTQIA Administration and Policy” . American Society for Public Administration