Dr. Rich Halverson is the Director of the Network and the Grand Challenges Initiative. He is also a Professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis. He holds affiliate appointments in Educational Psychology, and Curriculum and Instruction Departments at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. Rich got his PhD in Learning Science from Northwestern University. He a Wisconsin native, a former K-12 teacher and administrator.
Dr. Sarah Archibald is the Associate Director of The Network, and the Co-Director of the Grand Challenges Initiative. She is also a Researcher at the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative and a Faculty Associate in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis department, where she teaches Politics of Education. Additionally, Sarah worked at the Wisconsin State Capitol, where she advised Governor Doyle on Race to the Top and worked with Senator Olsen. Sarah earned her PhD in Education Leadership from UW-Madison.
Tony works at the Network as the Network Fellows program director. Some of Tony's past positions include Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Edgewood College and chairperson for Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He has served as an administrator and/or faculty member at several higher education institutions, researching and teaching in areas of student learning, development and success, and the social purposes of postsecondary education.
Katherine is the Coordinator for the Network Fellows program. She is an alum of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis department, and is passionate about helping students find professional opportunities around their area of interests.


Grand Challenges Co-ordinator

Morgan is the Coordinator for the Network's Grand Challenges Initiative, working closely with faculty, staff, and community members to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration on innovative projects. She also teaches yoga and leads mindfulness practices for teachers and students.



Elizabeth works at the Network as an Editor for the Grand Challenges initiative. She is also a higher education researcher and an Adjunct Professor in the Education Leadership and Policy Administration department at UW-Madison.
Kandyce is a Graduate Project Assistant working on the Practical Wisdom Series. Her role also allows her to assist with the organizing and coordination of programs specific to Graduate Network Fellows and Partners who host Fellows at their respective sites. She is currently a PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction with special interest in race and gender equity in classroom learning environments.
Max is an MFA student at UW-Madison Art department studying Printmaking, and his role at the Network is in supporting the representation art process in the Grand Challenges initiative.
Stephanie works at the Network as a social media and communications assistant.


Undergraduate Finance Assistant

Shreya works at the Network as a finance assistant, helping with the Fellows program.


Network Alum

Dr. Jack Jorgensen served as the Co- Director of the Network. In his past role, Jack served as an Assistant Dean of Outreach and Partnerships for School of Education. He was employed for more than 20 years with the Madison Metropolitan School District, including 10 years as the Executive Director for the Department of Educational Services.  He received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the UW-Madison. 


Network Alum

Al is one of the founding team members for the Network. In his work at the Network, he has worn many hats, including working to start the Network Fellows program, Practical Wisdom Series, and most recently helping out with Grand Challenges initiative. He is also getting his PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis, with his focus on Data driven decision making in personalized learning environments.


Network Alum

Tanu worked at the Network as a Graduate Project Assistant. As an international PhD student in Education Leadership from India, Tanu is really passionate about the Indian education system, and researches student experience with technology in the classroom in both American as well as Indian contexts.


Network Alum

Leslie worked as The Network's Assistant Director, coordinated day-to-day operations, and facilitated connections between campus and our statewide education community. As a first-generation college graduate, she believes deeply in the need for educational access and the opportunity for all to thrive in their educational pursuits.


Network Alum

Siyi worked at the Network as an office assistant.


Network Alum

Sarah worked at the Network as a Graduate Student Assistant. She is also is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction department, and she is interested in studying assessment systems and student centered learning.


Network Alum

Sophie worked at the Network as a social media and communications assistant.