Three Summer Associates worked on projects under Civic Consulting Alliance's Economic Vitality platform during their time at the Civic Consulting Alliance. Emily Fletcher worked with West Side United; Jonathan Schellin worked with the Pritzker Traubert Foundation; and Hannah Wilson worked with the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
What project work were you involved in during your time at the Civic Consulting Alliance?
I worked with the West Side United team to create a high-level Community Health Strategy that will guide future priorities for the collaborative of six hospitals and health systems. To do this, I analyzed quantitative data on social determinants of health on the West Side, interviewed 20 community health leaders, and developed recommendations that the project's steering committee used to coalesce around fifteen evidence-based interventions in five key priority areas: maternal and child health, childhood asthma, behavioral health, hypertension, and healthy eating/active lifestyle.
I worked on the Pritzker Traubert Foundation Workforce Development Fellowship project. My time was focused on developing an understanding of Chicago’s current workforce development system and how a fellowship might improve our system for the future. Beyond the feasibility of a fellowship, we worked to develop several models of how best to structure a fellowship for workforce development.
My project focused on supporting the Coordinating Committee for the Chicago Tech Leadership Initiative. The initiative, composed of public and private leaders from the established business community and tech firms, aims to improve Chicago's position as a top-tier technology ecosystem and increase the inclusivity of our economy.
What will you take away from your time at Civic Consulting?
Developing an inclusive economy of the future is no easy task. It takes a lot of hard work to bring together partners, help them align individual interests that forward the collective, and see the forest through the trees. I have learned how to better orchestrate change in the public sector by engaging stakeholders and keeping marginalized voices front and center.
At Civic Consulting Alliance
, I learned how to break down a complex problem and apply decision-making frameworks to develop solutions to the problem at hand. The number of variables to consider sometimes felt overwhelming, but my time at Civic Consulting Alliance provided me with a toolkit to analyze an issue and decide a path forward.