Executive Director, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
Mary Beth Collins, J.D., M.A., is the Executive Director of the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the "CommNS"). She has dedicated much of her career and free time to the “third sector,” working as a teacher, attorney, and nonprofit director to advance the strength and well-being of communities, families, and mission-based enterprises. In her current role, she works with the CommNS team and collaborators to harness university assets in authentic collaboration with community partners to promote a better third sector, a better Wisconsin, and a better world. Mary Beth also develops and delivers graduate-level courses, leveraging her extensive network to bring community and practitioner wisdom to the classroom and prepare students for their careers as effective change agents in a complex world.