Brief background: I graduated from a prestigious liberal arts school in the midwest last spring (History major, 3.3 g.p.a.). I've been working full-time for a lumber company (as the office manager) in the midwest since graduating; and I also did a lot of work (paid and volunteer) in elementary schools as a student.
My end-goal is to become the head of a major consulting company's non-profit sector (a partner), or the head of a major non-profit foundation. I think that a good place to start my career would be's philanthropy practice (a part of their social sector). The question is, how should I go about getting started there?
I'm thinking that I should either #1) Start working for the best foundation that I can - get an MBA from the best school that I can (majoring in non-profit management or something similar) - and try to get hired atas an associate...or...#2) get a PhD from the best school that I can (specializing in non-profit management or something similar) - and try to get hired at as an expert.
I'd really like to hear from some experienced consultants on what might be the best course of action here. Any advice would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much in advance!
*p.s. - I should add that I'm not at all opposed to becoming a college professor and doing some non-profit consulting/sitting on some non-profit boards on the side.