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Mary K. Winkler
Senior Research Associate
Former employee
As you may infer from my tenure here, the Urban Institute is a fantastic place to work—it is a place where people are deeply curious about the world around them and passionate about making real changes locally and globally.

Mary Kopczynski Winkler is a senior research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Kopczynski Winkler leads Urban’s performance measurement and management body of work. Since joining Urban in 1995, she has been involved in projects focused on strategic planning and assistance in developing performance measurement systems for government agencies and nonprofit programs. Kopczynski Winkler has more than 20 years of research and management experience on projects for federal, state, and local government, as well as the nonprofit sector. These projects cover a broad range of policy areas, including adolescents, at-risk youth, education reform and federal policy, performance measurement, and public management.

Kopczynski Winkler is working on several capacity-building projects, including Measure4Change, to help nonprofits and foundations design and implement better performance management and evaluation systems and effectively communicate results. She has worked on numerous evaluations and congressionally mandated studies to assess public- and nonprofit-sector accountability and performance. Kopczynski Winkler is a founding member of the Leap of Reason Ambassador Community, a private community of nonprofit thought leaders, leader practitioners, progressive funders, policymakers, and instigators who believe “performance matters.”

Before joining Urban, Kopczynski Winkler was a senior legislative analyst for the New York City Office of Management and Budget. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her MPA from American University.

Research Areas
Nonprofits and philanthropy
Children and youth
Kids in context
Neighborhoods and youth development
Evidence-based policy capacity