Paul Thelen


Paul Thelen is Director of the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center at the University of Iowa where he leads a team dedicated to strengthening Iowa’s nonprofit sector through education, engagement, and research. Through collaborative efforts with a range of partners across the state, Paul produces and delivers conferences, presentations, workshops, and similar events to nonprofit leaders, as well as professionals who serve the nonprofit sector. He also facilitates strategic planning, succession planning, capacity building, and leadership development services. At the University, he teaches a series of popular graduate-level courses focused on the internal and external operations of nonprofit organizations and leads a summer research associate program for select graduate and undergraduate students.

Paul graduated with a B.A. and B.F.A. from Creighton University and a J.D. from the Iowa College of Law.

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