Mary Beth Collins

Mary Beth Collins

Executive Director
Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, Director of Centers Engagement and Professional Skills Courses
Office 4285N
Start by doing what is necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

–St. Francis of Assisi

I have professional experience as a teacher, attorney, and nonprofit director, and have always been passionate about the strength and well-being of communities, families, and mission-based enterprises. I have dedicated much of my career and free time to the “third sector”, and wish to play a role in a critical exploration of the full potential of this sector for the future well-being of communities and society. It is a true pleasure to continue this journey at SoHE, with its long tradition of multidisciplinary and applied work focused on individual, family, and community thriving.  

Through my work as Executive Director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the “CommNS”), Director of Centers Engagement, and in developing and delivering our SoHE Professional Skills Courses, my aim is to facilitate processes and learning that will harness our University of Wisconsin-Madison and SoHE assets in authentic collaboration with community partners, to make advances in the role of community and nonprofit organizations and campus partnerships to ultimately make a better Wisconsin, and a better world. 

It is truly an honor to work with so many amazing faculty members, staff, students, and community partners as collective purveyors of the Wisconsin Idea!  Forward!