Paul Mattessich
Executive Director


Paul Mattessich has served as executive director of Wilder Research since 1982, building a research team of about 90 people from multiple disciplines, who devote themselves to increasing the effectiveness of services, programs, organizations, and policies intended to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Paul lectures frequently throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, especially on topics of organization and service effectiveness, collaboration/partnerships, and major social trends. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications. Since 2000, he has spent several weeks each year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, working with youth development and civic engagement organizations that promote democratic skills to bring communities together and to resolve conflict.

Among his professional affiliations, he currently sits on the boards of the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic and of Minnesota Community Measurement. He serves as the first chair of the Community Oversight Board, an independent group formed to promote best research ethics in studies conducted by the University of Minnesota. He teaches one course per year in the Department of Youth Studies, School of Social Work, at the University of Minnesota. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

On the personal side, Paul loves the theater and is a member of the Park Square Theatre Board of Directors, where he chairs the Strategic Planning Committee. You will find him attending shows in Minnesota, New York, London, and elsewhere!


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