Our Staff

Photo of Sara Lam.Cynthia Jasper, PhD
Faculty Director

Cynthia Jasper, Vaughan Bascom Professor of Women and Philanthropy, has served as Faculty Director of the UW Center for Nonprofits since 2011. 

She  currently chairs the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, and is a professor in Consumer Science.  Dr. Jasper’s research interests include giving behavior, consumer behavior and management within the retailing settings, women and philanthropy, and financial issues regarding the elderly. She is currently examining consumer issues regarding charitable giving. 

Dr. Jasper authored a publication entitled, “Women’s Leadership in Philanthropy” for the Encyclopedia of Nonprofit Organizations.  In addition, she was elected for the second year to serve as Chair of the University Library Committee, and she continues to serve as Treasurer of the American Council on Consumer Interests.

Photo of Katherine Sydor.Brian Christens, PhD
Associate Faculty Director for Research

Dr. Christens joined the UW Interdisciplinary Studies Department in Fall 2009 and has been Associate Faculty Director of the UW Center for Nonprofits since 2011. 

He is a community psychologist whose primary research is on participation and empowerment in community and organizational settings. Connecting community-based research with interdisciplinary community theory, he is developing an ecological understanding of the ways that people, organizations and communities interact and change as they take collective action.

His research and writing have been published across several disciplines, and his findings have been applied to youth development, community development, and health promotion.

Mary Beth Collins Mary Beth Collins, J.D., M.A.

Director of Centers Research &Public Affairs

Mary Beth Collins has experience as a teacher, attorney, and nonprofit professional. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 1999 with a degree in English, and completed her law degree and master's degree in Latin American, Iberian, and Caribbean Studies at the UW-Madison in 2005. During her graduate studies she completed research in comparative legal procedure and judicial reform in Spain and Latin America. As an attorney, she clerked at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, worked as a corporate lawyer at a regional firm, and provided legal counsel to a variety of mission-based entities and social enterprises through her own small practice, MBC Legal. Mary Beth also served for four years as the executive director of Dane County CASA, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children in the court system. In her new position at SoHE, Mary Beth hopes to contribute her skills in organizational leadership and strategy, and her comfort with navigating regulatory and grant processes, to help promote and build successful campus-based collaborations. Mary Beth is passionate about the "third sector" and hopes to help make the UW Center for Nonprofits a leader in research and collaboration that will inform positive developments in this increasingly important sector of modern society.


Michael MaguireMichael Maguire

Faculty Associate

Michael maguire brings a career as a leader and manager in the nonprofit sector to his teaching and Faculty Associate responsibilities in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is also associated with the Center for Nonprofits, working on outreach program development. Michael Maguire began his career as a high school teacher in Catholic schools, and advanced to work in PreK-12 school administration, having served as a district superintendent, and principal at the high school, middle school and preK-5 elementary school levels. As a private school administrator, he developed an expertise in nonprofit management and institutional development/fundraising. He brought that experience to his recent work managing corporate relations and related fundraising at Wisconsin Public Television. Having served as So HE as a part-time Lecturer since 2004, Michael Maguire is delighted to dedicate his full-time professional energies to the UW Center for Nonprofits, his teaching and work with SoHE's Community Nonprofit Leadership students. The favorite part of his job? With his SoHE colleagues, being a formative part of the lives of current and future talented, intelligent, creative, and adventurous nonprofit leaders: our great students! He lives in Madison with his wife and their two children, who enjoy together the "silent sports" of kayaking, walking, and birding. Contact him at mcmaguire@wisc.edu.


Paula Tran Inzeo, MPH paula tran inzeo

Assistant Director

Paula is working to grow the Center's Action Research Program and outreach efforts and serves as the Transform WI Health Equity Coordinator. Prior to this role, Paula completed a Population Health Service Fellowship with the WI Division of Public Health and the WI Center for Health Equity. Her areas of work include strategy development to advance health equity, collective action and coalition development. As a practitioner, Paula has experience with social justice education, community-driven health promotion efforts, and program development and evaluation. Paula is also working on her PhD at the UW Madison School of Human Ecology and completed her Masters of Public Health from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.


ming huMing Hu
Graduate Project Assistant

Ming Hu provides administrative support for the Center's activities and events, maintains the web site, and assists in outreach work. As a PhD student in Civil Society and Community Research at the School of Human Ecology, he is interested in nonprofit and community studies. His work involves poverty alleviation, disaster management, volunteering and civil society, and refugee aid. He also served in nonprofits at the international and grassroots levels as a nonprofit professional. Ming Hu received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics in China and completed his Masters of Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University before he joined the Center.


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