Jin Ai is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research centers on the intersection of interorganizational relationships and community philanthropy, and developing partnership strategies that improve nonprofit performance. Her primary focus is understanding the collaborative and competitive relationships within nonprofits and across different sectors. Jin is currently working with her advisor, Dr. Laurie E. Paarlberg, on a project examining characteristics of and relationships between local United Ways and community foundations. Before joining the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Jin served as a research fellow in the China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She obtained her M.A. in Public Affairs at Renmin University of China, and B.A. in Public Administration at China University of Political Science and Law.