We’re All About Being Enthused, Engaged, Involved

Common sense solutions on common ground

In a time of hot-button political issues that increasingly divide and distance people from one another, a group of civic-minded citizens decided to reclaim the mission of colleges and universities. In 2007, we launched the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS).

As part of the UW Colleges and UW-Extension, our mission is to bring together those with differing views, listen civilly and find common ground to address the tough issues facing our country, our states and our communities.

WIPPS Work Is Based On Two Core Ideas

Citizen-Centered Democracy

We support citizen-centered democracy. Today’s America depends on engaged, involved citizens and communities – making decisions about issues that matter to them. Sometimes it’s hard to understand complex policy issues. WIPPS aims to cut through the jargon, get to the meat of the matter and let people make their own, informed decisions.

The Wisconsin Idea

As part of the University of Wisconsin, we recognize the Wisconsin Idea – “The resources of the university should be used to serve the interests and needs of the entire state.” We do this by providing resources, information and ideas to empower the people and communities of Wisconsin.

Meet Our Staff

  • Eric Giordano
    (715) 261-6388

    Meet Eric

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    Julie Bunczak
    WIPPS Program Manager
    Meet Julie

  • Aaron Zitzelsberger
    State Director of Development

    Meet Aaron

  • Deb Dorshorst
    Marketing Communications Coordinator

    Meet Deb

  • Sharon Hunter
    Meet Sharon

  • Jacob Simon
    I.T. Consultant

    Meet Jacob

  • Matthew Block
    I.T. Generalist

    Meet Matthew

  • Morgan Johnsen
    Social Media Specialist
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  • John Greenwood
    Outreach Consultant

    Meet John

  • Matt Froom
    Research Assistant
    (715) 261-6388
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Board Of Advisors

  • Dave Anderson

    Assistant Deputy Secretary
    Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

  • Steve Anderson

    Retired CEO
    River Valley Bank

  • Mark Bradley

    Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
    UW Board of Regents

  • Al Chaney

    Chaney Marketing Strategy

  • Kevin Hermening

    Managing Partner

    Hermening Financial Group, LLC


  • Barbara Lawton

    President and CEO
    Americans for Campaign Reform

  • Christine Bremer Muggli

    Bremer & Trollop Law Offices, S.C.

  • Clay Norrbom

    Chair, Co-founder and Managing Partner
    Global Infrastructure Asset Management, L.L.C.

  • Kathryn Schauf

    Administrative Coordinator
    Sauk County

  • Will Stone

    Capstone National Partners

  • David Ullrich

    Retired Executive Director
    Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

  • Linda Ware

    Professor Emerita
    UW-Marathon County
    Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters