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.

Our Network

UniverCity Alliance is a member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N), a national network of more than 30 educational institutions partnering with cities throughout the United States and world. EPIC Network logo small

Advisory Board Chairs

Lori DiPrete Brown

Position title: Director, Global Health and Human Ecology, Civil Society and Community Studies, School of Human Ecology

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

Aydin Bal

Position title: Professor, School of Education

Suman Banerjee

Position title: Professor, Computer Sciences

Barbara Bendlin

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

Ed Boswell

Position title: Teaching Faculty, Department of Planning & Landscape Architecture

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

Kyle Cranmer

Position title: Director, Data Science Institute

Marah Curtis

Position title: Professor, School of Social Work

Yongheng Deng

Position title: Professor, Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, Wisconsin School of Business

Brenda González

Position title: Director, Community Relations

Andrea Hicks

Position title: Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Karalyn (Kara) Kratowicz

Position title: Performance Excellence Specialist, City of Madison

Sara Lindberg

Position title: Evaluation Research Director, Population Health Institute

Deej Lundgren

Position title: Interim Associate Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Wisconsin System Administration

Gavin Luter

Position title: Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance

Alfonso Morales

Position title: Professor, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Kris Olds

Position title: Professor, Department of Geography

Jonathan Patz

Position title: Professor & Director, Global Health Institute

Kristin Runge

Position title: Community Development Specialist, UW Extension

Katya Spear

Position title: Co-Managing Director of the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP)

Whitney Sweeney

Position title: Scientist, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research


Abigail Becker

Position title: Senior Associate for Communications & Outreach, UniverCity Alliance

Gavin Luter

Position title: Managing Director, UniverCity Alliance

Shannon McManus

Position title: Communications Assistant, UniverCity Alliance

Shelly Strom

Position title: Program Manager, UniverCity Year