Interim Director of Graduate Studies

Tom Borrup

Tom Borrup

Tom Borrup is the principal and consultant with Creative Community Builders in Minneapolis, and works with cities, foundations, and nonprofits across the US on leveraging cultural and creative assets for community revitalization and change. He served as executive director of Intermedia Arts from 1980 to 2002. His doctoral research and dissertation addressed the role of organizational and social networks in the planning and ongoing management of cultural districts. He holds a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.



Headshot of Maurice Harris

Maurice Harris

Maurice Harris is the Research Manager for Transwestern Real Estate's Minneapolis office. At Transwestern he conducts research supporting the efforts of the team on a range of real estate, demographic, and related research topics. Prior to Transwestern Maurice was the research manager at GREATER MSP Partnership, where his roles included conducting research to support economic development and market research efforts for the recruitment, retention, and attraction of businesses to the region. He is also responsible for the development and maintenance of intelligence directly related to supporting regional economic development efforts. Originally from St. Louis, MO, he obtained his master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Public Affairs, specializing in public policy analysis and regional development, and his bachelor’s degree from Knox College majoring in political science and history.

Carol Rinkoff

Carol Rinkoff

Dr. Rinkoff has been teaching in and administering higher education since 2005. She is most interested in systems thinking and information fluency, which have in common asking good questions, critical thinking, and collecting information and turning it into applied knowledge and wisdom. Carol has previously served higher education institutions in Minnesota, California, and Maryland as the director of undergraduate and graduate business programs, dean of academic affairs, dean of a satellite campus, and vice president of academic affairs. She has coauthored a book on how managers can use social media in business, and teaches a graduate course in CCAPS, CIVE/ASCL 6314 – Leading Projects and Teams.

Avi Viswanathan

JD, Suffolk University

Avi Viswanathan serves as Program Director for the Nexus Community Engagement Institute (CEI). Avi has years of professional experience working in nonprofits, the public sector, and philanthropy. Prior to joining Nexus, he was a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow with the Bush Foundation. He has also held the positions of campaign director for HIRE Minnesota and field representative for US Senator Al Franken. Avi currently sits on the board of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice and previously sat on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota and the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. Avi holds a JD from Suffolk University, a BS from Georgia Tech, and a certificate in Decision Analysis from the London School of Economics.


Margo Gray stands behind Magrath Library. They have short brown hair and are wearing a red and white striped shirt.

Margo Gray

Margo has two decades of experience in the nonprofit and arts communities and believes in building relationships between disciplines and demographics to create more equitable opportunities for learning and advancement. They served as the inaugural co-chair of CCAPS’s Inclusivity Council and have continued to serve as a Council member and co-chair of the Strategy and Measurement Committee. Margo’s previous experience includes serving as Director of Member Services at Donors Forum. Margo holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and they were a Fulbright Fellow at the Moscow Art Theatre School. 

Margo advises for the MPS in Arts and Cultural Leadership, MPS in Civic Engagement, MPS in Sexual Health, Sex Therapy Certificate, and Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Certificate.