Teresa (Teri) Behrens, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

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 and currently serves as a senior fellow. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of The Foundation Review, the peer-reviewed journal on philanthropy published quarterly by the center.

Teri served as the executive director of the Johnson Center from 2018 until her retirement from the role in 2022. 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.

Teri’s intellectual and research interests include boundary-spanning organizations, interorganizational relationships and time-limited foundations. Outside of work, her interests include biking, yoga and euchre. She splits her time between Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, where she lives with her husband.

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