About Us

Our Vision

UW-Madison will be a recognized leader, innovator, and contributor in improving the sustainability, resilience, livability, and general wellbeing of communities. Through education, outreach, technical assistance, and research that is grounded in the priorities of local governments, and through bridge-building engagement with policy initiatives, our efforts will have impacts locally and globally to improve the places and lives of people throughout Wisconsin and the world.

Advisory Board Chairs

Lori DiPrete Brown

Position title: Director, 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative

Email: dipretebrown@wisc.edu

Paul Robbins

Position title: Dean, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Email: dean@nelson.wisc.edu

Joel Rogers

Position title: Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology & Director, COWS

Email: jrogers@cows.org

Advisory Board Members

Sarah Archibald

Position title: Director, The Network, School of Education

Suman Banerjee

Position title: Professor, Computer Sciences

Barbara Bendlin

Position title: Associate Professor and Director, Neuroscience and Public Policy Program

Tanya Buckingham

Position title: Creative Director, Cartography Lab, Department of Geography

Sal Carranza

Position title: Senior Policy Advisor, UW System

Lisa Chambers

Position title: Associate Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Mary Beth Collins

Position title: Executive Director, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, School of Human Ecology

Ken Genskow

Position title: Associate Professor, Planning & Landscape Architecture & UW-Extension

Asligül Göçmen

Position title: Associate Professor, Geography and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Brenda González

Position title: Director, Community Relations

Andrea Hicks

Position title: Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Ceri Jenkins

Position title: Senior Associate, COWS

Sheri Johnson

Position title: Director, Population Health Institute

Jim LaGro

Position title: Professor, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Gavin Luter

Position title: Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance

Bonnie MacRitchie

Position title: Senior Outreach Specialist, La Follette School of Public Affairs

Katherine Magnuson

Position title: Professor & Director, Institute for Research on Poverty

Jonathan Patz

Position title: Professor & Director, Global Health Institute

Timothy Riddiough

Position title: Professor and Chair, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Kristin Runge

Position title: Community Development Specialist, UW Extension

Whitney Sweeney

Position title: Assistant Director, Data Science Institute

Susannah Tahk

Position title: Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Law School


Gavin Luter

Position title: Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance

Shelly Strom

Position title: Program Manager, UniverCity Year