What will you take away from your time at Civic Consulting?
"I loved working with my insightful, dedicated colleagues at CCA and experiencing what a team with a diverse range of professional backgrounds can accomplish. CCA’s marriage of private and public sector experience enabled us to tackle public sector challenges with many moving pieces in a unique and effective way."
"It has been incredibly encouraging to witness dedicated and intelligent people working every day to tackle the big problems in Chicago. I've been inspired by many of the individuals with whom I've had the pleasure of working. I look forward to keeping in touch and following the amazing work they're doing."
What was your most memorable experience during your time at CCA?
"The ongoing engagement and exposure to our clients was one of the most memorable parts of our project for me. Throughout my fellowship, we worked side by side with a team of officers in CPD’s newly established Office of Reform Management to track reforms and new initiatives at the Department. Getting to know those individual officers over my six months at the Department and hearing about their experiences during their careers at CPD enriched my work immensely."
"At the start of my time at CPD, I went on a ride-along with officers in District 3, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. I got a glimpse of what it is like to be a police officer responding to burglary calls, public area disturbances, and other calls for service. The officers I rode with were open and candid, and hearing about their day-to-day experiences provided an important perspective for me as I worked on high-level strategy."
How has your time at Civic Consulting Alliance helped you develop professionally?
"Consulting for CPD deepened and reaffirmed some of my long-standing interests in law enforcement and criminal justice. I am beginning law school in the fall, and through coursework and work experience I hope to explore these interests more deeply. In particular, I’d like to understand the role data analytics can play in policing and models for community engagement."
"Working at CCA has been a tremendous experience. It has helped me to understand the unique challenges of working with public sector clients. Whether it's considering a complex set of stakeholders or maneuvering through bureaucratic hurdles, it has been valuable to experience these challenges firsthand."
Civic Consulting Fellowships are full time positions that last between three months and a year. In every case, Fellows are integrated into project teams for a unique professional development opportunity. Please visit the
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