Teresa (Teri) Behrens, Ph.D.

Executive Director, 2018–2022

If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure — all your life.” – John W. Gardner

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Teri Behrens joined the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy in 2009, serving in several roles throughout her tenure at the organization. She was the executive director of the Johnson Center from 2018 until her retirement in 2022. Teri is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Foundation Review, the nation’s first peer-reviewed journal on philanthropy.

Previous to joining the center, Teri was the director of evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, providing leadership for the foundation’s overall evaluation program. Her early career included roles in a nonprofit organization, state government, and private consulting. Teri holds a doctorate in psychology from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Case Western Reserve University.

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