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Paul Mattessich, longtime director of the Wilder Foundation research program, to retire next year – Twin Cities

When it comes to researching the changing demographics and social trends that characterize the Twin Cities, Paul Mattessich has long been at the cutting edge of technology – 40 years, in fact. Mattessich, the longtime executive director of Wilder Research, will retire next summer. He is now appealing for his own replacement.

Mattessich joined the Wilder Research Program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation of St. Paul in 1978. He has served as the Executive Director of Wilder Research for the past 39 years, helping it to become a recognized research institution in the nationwide.

Paul Mattessich, director of Wilder Research at St. Paul, will retire in 2022. (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation)

Key projects include the Triennial Minnesota Statewide Homeless Study and the “Minnesota Compass” Demographic Reports, both of which provide vital data to national and local planners, policymakers, and journalists. and service providers.

“Paul has been a constant presence at Wilder for decades, helping to guide the foundation through organizational and community change while remaining grounded in our mission to improve lives,” said Wilder President and CEO, Armando Camacho, in a written statement. “His legacy will live on through the partnerships he forged and the standard he set for research practice around the world. “

Mattessich, who is chairman of the University of Minnesota’s community oversight board, recently ended a three-year term as chairman of the Park Square Theater board. He has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe and has co-authored over 300 publications.

Wilder will hire a recruiting firm to identify his successor, who is expected to be in place by May.