Benoy Jacob

Position title: Community Development Institute Director, Division of Extension


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Benoy Jacob is the Director of the Community Development Institute, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Division of Extension. He is also an affiliated faculty with both the LaFollette School of Public Affairs and the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. Benoy’s scholarly work has focused on the growth and governance of cities; in particular, he explores issues of public finance, state and local relationships, and social diversity and equity. Benoy’s publications haves been featured in the Urban Affairs Review, the National Tax Journal, and Public Administration Review. His work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance, and the IBM Business of Government.

Benoy also serves as a Senior Fellow with the National Civic League and has also served as a Research Fellow with the International City and County Managers Association (ICMA).

Before joining UW, in the summer of 2020, Benoy served as an Associate Professor at UNLV in the School of Public Policy and Leadership where he was also the interim (inaugural) Director of the MGM Public Policy Institute. Benoy also served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver (from 2010-16) where he was also the director of the Local Government Center at the University of Colorado, and their Certified Public Management Program. Prior to that, Benoy was an assistant professor at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University (2008-10).