From The Director

Each fall is an exciting time for us here at Loyola as we greet new and returning graduate students. I have the distinct privilege of personally getting to know each of the students, and I look forward to guiding them in discovering their professional paths. As the Director of a Public Policy program that holds its classes in the heart of downtown Chicago, I strive to help students take advantage of the unique opportunity for involvement in urban affairs and public policy at all levels: neighborhood organizations, city and county agencies, and offices of state and federal government.  This involves  connecting students with as many real-life professional experiences as possible. That is reflected in the faculty that teach our classes, the guest speakers we recruit, and the alumni network we strive to maintain. Hearing from real-world professionals in finance, public administration, advocacy, and more helps inspire our students to think broadly about their futures and to take every opportunity to learn and grow within the field. 

This fall, our students have already had the opportunity to hear from five of our graduates who participated in an Alumni Panel in September. Featured this year were  Conor Desmond, J.D./M.P.P. and litigation associate for Liston and Tsantilis primarily focused on eminent domain, building codes, and economic development; Sebastian Ellefson, co-founder of BallotReady; Guy Gilbertson, Budget and Policy Analyst for the Department of Budget and Management at the Chicago Park District; Margaret Hansbrough, Energy Engagement Manager for the Chicago Mayor's Office; and Mary Jo Warskow, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy. Click here  to see highlights from that alumni panel on our website. We are so fortunate to have these and so many other alumni working in policy in the City of Chicago and around the country. It affords our students a behind-the-scenes look into a myriad of different professions, and helps them connect what they are learning in the classroom to what they will be doing after they graduate.

In this newsletter, we highlight some of the ways our faculty and students engage in city government.  Ron Gibbs , a nationally recognized expert in public policy and long-time adjunct professor with the program, and  Isaac Reichman , current student and 2016 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellow, speak about their experiences working within the politically charged offices of City Hall. Their professional experiences enrich our program, and we are happy to share their stories with you. 

Annette Steinacker, PhD
Director, Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program
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Student Spotlight

Following Up with Isaac Reichman, 
2016 City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellow
Most people have a preconception of what the Mayor's Office in the City of Chicago is like. Only a few students get to explore those preconceptions first-hand. Isaac Reichman, now a second year student in the MPP Program at Loyola University, had that chance this past summer when he was chosen as one of the City of Chicago Mayor's Office Fellows. This highly competitive program attracts applicants from across the nation, including Harvard, The University of Chicago, and UC-Berkeley. Working with the Office of Management and Budget, Isaac had a chance to see the challenges of running a large city government.  

Faculty Spotlight

Winning in the End Game with Ron Gibbs

Creating and implementing public policy is not a precise science. Ron Gibbs, Professor at Loyola University for the past five years and nationally recognized as an expert in public policy, knows this better than anyone. With decades of experience in the public and private sectors and a track record of implementing successful public affairs and public relations campaigns, Gibbs has learned that implementing any new public policy is a dynamic process. He has worked in high level executive public policy positions for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, the Department of Health & Human Services, the National Association of Counties in D.C., and major non-profit organizations including Feeding America and UNICEF in New York. His experiences inspired him to develop a roadmap to help others navigate any political environment, meshing theory and practice to develop viable strategies and tactics to master the art of winning in the endgame. 

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