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.
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;
, co-founder of BallotReady;
, Budget and Policy Analyst for the Department of Budget and Management at the Chicago Park District;
, Energy Engagement Manager for the Chicago Mayor's Office; and
Mary Jo Warskow
, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy.
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.
, a nationally recognized expert in public policy and long-time adjunct professor with the program, and
, 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