University of Wisconsin–Madison

About Us


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

Suman Banerjee

Professor, Computer Sciences

Lonnie Berger

Professor & Director, Institute for Research on Poverty

Tanya Buckingham

Creative Director, Cartography Lab, Department of Geography

Sal Carranza

Senior Policy Advisor, UW System

Lisa Chambers

Interim Director, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Mary Beth Collins

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

Lori DiPrete Brown

Director, 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative

Suzanne Dove

Assistant Dean for Academic Innovations, Wisconsin School of Business

Ken Genskow

Associate Professor, Planning & Landscape Architecture & UW-Extension

Sheri Johnson

Director, Population Health Institute

Jim LaGro

Professor, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Leslie Orrantia

Director of Community Relations

Jonathan Patz

Professor & Director, Global Health Institute

Satya Rhodes-Conway

Managing Director, Mayor’s Innovation Project

Paul Robbins

Professor & Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Joel Rogers

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

Julie Underwood

Professor, School of Education

Brian Yandell

Professor, Statistics & Horticulture; Director, Biometry Program


Ceri Jenkins

Senior Associate, COWS

Gavin Luter

Director, UniverCity Alliance

Kelly Conforti Rupp

Program Manager, UniverCity Year