Loyola University Chicago
Masters of Urban Affairs 
and Public Policy
Issue: # 6
Fall 2018
In This Issue

Fall  2018
Practitioner Speakers

September 18th
Chris Strom: Assistant to the City Manager, City of Lake Forrest
Mike Strong: Management Analyst, Village of Kenilworth


October 16
Stefan Schaffer:   Deputy Policy Director at Office of the Mayor
Isaac Reichman:  Policy Analyst at City of Chicago  Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection


October 30
Kathryn O'Connell: Chief of Staff, Office of City Clerk


November 6th - Alumni Panel
Isabel Velez Diez Director of Strategic Initiatives at  Accion Chicago

Ashley Velchec: 
Business Development Associate at Youth Outreach Services


November 13
Summur Roberts:
Director of Community Relations at Loyola University Chicago


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A Summer at the Obama Foundation

This past summer, second  year Master of Public Policy stud ent, J onathan (Jazz) Lee-Coley secured the opportunity to intern at  the  Obama Foundation. This was the first summer that the quickly growing organization
accepted interns. 

For more info on Jazz's exciting and engaging time  spent as a Development Intern at the Obama Foundation, check out our Student Spotlight page  here>>>

The availability of affordable housing is an issue that middle to large size cities have been grappling with for decades. The stagnation of wages and increase in rent prices paired with the increasing trend of gentrification, makes housing policy an issue of growing importance to American cities.  In order to adequately address these concerns, it is important for students to understand the relationship between the private housing market and existing government policy options. Understanding the financial implications of public-private partnerships and government funding streams will equip students with the skills critical to designing effective policies that help cities and neighborhoods address affordability problems. 

This spring, the MUAPP department will be introducing an exciting new course that explores the need for affordable housing and examines how finance tools can be deployed to meet those needs. Taught by professor Jill Terzakis, she will bring years of experience in the financial and housing sector to students at Loyola. Principles of investment, tax laws, and demographic factors affect the supply and demand of housing. This results in an interdisciplinary class which draws on theories of public policy, law, finance, and economics.

For more information on our new class on Housing Policy & Finance, see our website>>>
Alumni Spotlight

Brigid Paulson began her academic career at Loyola University Chicago by receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy, with minors in Spanish & English. She graduated with a Master of Public Policy from Loyola in May of 2018. During her time at Loyola, Brigid served as Legislative Intern in the Chicago office of Senator Tammy Duckworth. After Graduation she secured a full-time position for the Senator as Scheduling and Staff Assistant. 
To read more about Brigid and see what some of our other recent graduates are doing, take a look at our Alumni Spotlight page  here>>>