Eric Giordano, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Giordano, is the founding executive director for the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) and an associate professor of political science at UW-Stevens Point. He has over 25 years of experience as a researcher, project manager, and consultant for nonprofit, government and business organizations. He specializes in survey and focus group research, design and analysis; strategic and action planning; dialogue and deliberation training and facilitation; community development and public engagement research; and conflict management processes.

Dr. Giordano has managed over 75 projects, including a national project on the future of rural communities with the Kettering Foundation and nine state university extension teams. He has also has trained thousands of government, business and nonprofit leaders in public engagement and conflict management processes.

He has received two Chancellor’s awards for his outreach and engagement work and mentored hundreds of students in project-based internships. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Skills and capabilities

  • Survey research and design
  • Project management assessment and outcome measures
  • Focus group research and design
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Feasibility studies
  • Team and coalition building
  • Group facilitation
  • Structured dialogue processes
  • Public engagement training
  • Mediation and conflict resolution

Domains of knowledge

  • Public participation and engagement
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational change
  • Political processes
  • Public policy and policy-making

Eric Giordano, Ph.D.
WIPPS Executive Director and Associate Professor of Political Science at UW-Stevens Point