Theresa works at the intersection of community, academic and student partners. Her role is to help steward and expand the Ginsberg Center’s Issue-based Convenings and Collaboratives. She works to match community needs and University resources for mid- to long-term, multi-party efforts. She facilitates connections around community-defined issues and priorities that bring together various partners across campus and the region.
Theresa holds a JSD (Doctorate of Juridical Science) from Cornell Law School. Her dissertation focused on the role of power in Alternative Dispute Resolution theory, mainly the political imaginaries at work in mediation. She came to the United States in 2011 after completing her prior education in Europe. Theresa is trained as a community mediator and prior to joining the Ginsberg Center, worked at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Engagement & Negotiation as a Senior Associate tasked with facilitating a variety of stakeholder and engagement processes, ranging from local communities tackling contested memorials to state officials and stakeholders co-designing climate adaptation plans. Ever since her first experience in a college town, she has been wondering how the university resources can be better distributed in local communities.
Theresa lives in Ann Arbor with her partner and two small kids. She enjoys exploring her new community and meeting neighbors, forever trying to pet their dogs.
- Existing initiatives linking the community and UM
- Initiatives that you think should exist
- Navigating partnership dynamics within collaborations