Endowed by Grinnell alumni Donald ’25 and Winifred Wilson ’27, the Wilson Center is the hub of innovation and leadership at Grinnell College. We sponsor curricular and co-curricular programming that:

  • Develops Knowledge: enhances a critical understanding of the key traits of leadership and innovation and how success in these areas is affected by social & historical contexts.
  • Encourages Practice: creates opportunities both on and off-campus for students to develop and practice skills critical to leadership and innovation.
  • Inspires Action: motivates students to embrace the challenges of innovation and leadership.
  • Promotes Reflection: assists students in recognizing their own aptitudes and interests for leadership and innovation.
  • Reveals Synergies: helps students to recognize the common traits between their liberal arts education and leadership and innovation.
  • Provides Mentorship and Modeling: introduces students to successful leaders and innovators, with particular attention to our own alumni.

We seek to engage students from different areas of study and diverse backgrounds for one common purpose: to inspire and prepare students as innovators and leaders.


Monty RoperMonty Roper

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director, Donald & Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership

Robert LudwigRobert Ludwig

Program Coordinator

Alex SorosaAlex Sorosa ’20

Wilson Center  Media Relations

Sage Kaplan-Goland, Wilson Center Event LiaisonSage Kaplan-Goland ’20

Wilson Center Event Liason

Wilson Center Committee (not shown- Jee-Weon Cha, Kaitlyn Hess, Susan Sanning


  • David Chang ’18, Computer Science major
  • Jee-Weon Cha, Associate Professor of Music
  • Doug Hess, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Kaitie Hess ’19, Anthropology major
  • An Hoang '18, Biological Chemistry/Computer Science Major
  • Jennifer Jacobsen, Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Wellness & Prevention
  • Sage Kaplan-Goland ’20, Physics major
  • Andrew Kaufman, Associate Professor of Art
  • Robert Ludwig, Program Coordinator
  • Judy Oh '20, Undeclared
  • Kirtimay Pendse ’19, Economics major
  • Samuel A. Rebelsky, Professor of Computer Science
  • Susan Sanning, Assistant Dean, Director of Service & Social Innovation
  • Leina’ala Voss ’18, Sociology major
  • Lesley Wright, Director of the Faulconer Gallery

Leadership Council

Kate Anderson sits at a laptopKate Anderson '02
Assistant Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Shenda Baker, PhDShenda Baker '85
President and COO, Synedgen

Andrés ChangAndrés Chang ’05
Senior Cyber Risk Consultant with Deloitte & Touche LLP

Dan FinkelmanDan Finkelman '77
Independent consultant/investor
Doug Hess Doug Hess
Assistant Professor
Chris HollinsChristopher Hollins '89
Senior Vice President, Global Client Group
Michelle JoyMichelle Joy '96
Carson Tahoe
Sanjay Khanna and dogSanjay Khanna '85
Senior Strategic Advisor, SNG Partners
Sarah LabowitzSarah Labowitz '04
Co-director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
Diane MartyDiane Marty '92
Founder and Principal, Faire Consulting LLC
Bruce Weindruch '78Bruce Weindruch ‘78
Founder and CEO, The History Factory