Brook Berg

Family Engagement & Relationships Outreach Program Manager
Eau Claire

Financial Security Work: Brook Berg is an Outreach Program Manager for Family Engagement and Relationships, within the Institute of Human Development and Relationships. Prior to this role, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Development and a Human Development and Relationships educator in Eau Claire County. She has focused her work around strengthening families through prevention and education. With an emphasis in social emotional development and parenting practices, she has taken a leadership role in building community capacity for the health and well-being of families and the communities they thrive in. Brook’s work on digital parenting education initiatives and the impact of family adversity on mental health have both been areas of research and impact. Brook has worked as the executive director of a multi-county non-profit organization, a technical college instructor, parent educator, home visitor and mental health specialist. She has a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from UW-Stout.

Jenny Abel

Financial Security Outreach Program Manager
Milwaukee County

Financial Security Work: Jenny Abel is the Director of the Milwaukee County Extension office through UW-Madison’s Division of Extension. Prior to assuming this role in January 2019, Jenny worked for more than 18 years in the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) leading financial, nutrition, and energy conservation education programs. While with VCE she co-led Extension’ national participation as a cohort in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Your Money, Your Goals program. Jenny holds an Accredited Financial Counselor designation. One of her major interests is recruiting and training volunteers in all of Extension’s program areas in order to leverage the impact that Extension has in the community.

Research Fellows

While affiliates are members of the UW faculty, research fellows are non-UW staff members, faculty members of other academic institutions, and financial professionals in leading private and governmental agencies throughout the country. Click each fellow’s photo for more information, CFS publications, and events to which they contributed. Interested in becoming a CFS Fellow? Please contact us.