Professor David Merriman began as Interim Dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs on August 1, 2021.
Merriman, in his fifteenth year at UIC, is an expert in state and local tax and budgetary policies. He holds the title of Stukel Presidential Professor in the Department of Public Administration, an appointment in the Department of Economics, where he also served as head of the department from 2009-2010, and an appointment in the Institute for Government and Public Affairs. In CUPPA, he served as associate dean for faculty affairs from 2011-2012 and as interim head in Public Administration from 2019-2020.
CUPPA Office of the Dean
|Linsu Abraham||Manager of Research Operations|
|Paola Caicedo||Director of Finance|
|Jie Chen||Information Technology Manager/Administrative Coordinator|
|Kathleen Engstrom||Associate Dean|
|Jaime Holland||Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs|
|David Merriman||Interim Dean|
|Doris Nelson||Business Administrative Associate|
|Jennifer Pietka||Assistant Dean for Administration|
|Kelly LeRoux||Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research|
|Lynn Ross||Business Administrative Assistant|
|Jodi White Jones||Assistant Dean for Communication|
|Curt Winkle||Associate Dean for Academic Affairs|
|Kathleen Yang-Clayton||Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion|
|Ana Puma||Customer Service Representative|
|Jenny Sweeney||Associate Director of Special Events|
CUPPA Dean's Council
Building on CUPPA’s rich history, and committed to its growth, impact, and long term viability, the CUPPA Dean’s Council was established in 2015. The CUPPA Dean’s Council is comprised of thought leaders in fields which shape and guide contemporary issues of urban and metropolitan regions who provide insight on current and emerging issues in their respective fields, and on strategic thinking that will help CUPPA shape future directions for the College.
The sharing of their individual areas of expertise broadens and deepens the ongoing conversation in which CUPPA engages about transforming cities and metropolitan regions, improving public and non-profit management, as well as enhancing the urban condition more generally. One of CUPPA’s many assets is its multiple partnerships and collaborations with nonprofits, foundations, corporations, and other Universities. The Dean’s Council plays a significant role in strengthening and expanding these relationships by identifying new partners, enabling alliances, and enhancing the visibility and recognition of the College.
CUPPA Dean’s Council members advance the work of the College by increasing the visibility and impact of CUPPA’s research and scholarship with stakeholder partners in the corporate and civic communities and by serving as ambassadors through their professional interactions and contacts. Members of the Dean’s Council, in knowing and telling CUPPA’s story, in particular its alumni’s significant impact on the landscape and leadership of Chicago, serve an essential role in promoting the mission and vision of the College.
Members of the CUPPA Dean's Council
|Frank Beal||Senior Executive, Civic Consulting Alliance|
|Richard Ciccarone||President and CEO, Merritt Research Service, LLC|
|Robert Currie||(retired), President, Community Care Alliance of Illinois|
|Stephen Friedman||President and Founder, SB Friedman Development Advisors|
|Aleks Granchalek||Managing Director - Public Finance Investment Banking, Fifth Third Securities|
|Lori Healey||Senior Vice President, OPC Implementation Lead, Obama Foundation|
|Erin Lavin Cabonargi||Managing Director, URBAN ReSOLVE|
|William Mack||Executive Director, Morgan Stanley|
|George Ranney||(retired), President and CEO, Metropolis Strategies|
|Al Riley||Rich Township Supervisor and Former Member, Illinois House of Representatives, 38th District|
|James Spiotto *||Managing Director, Chapman Strategic Advisors, LLC|
|Emily Tapia Lopez||Director of Strategic Initiatives, HTNB|
Remembering Jim Spiotto
CUPPA Alumni Association Board of Directors
Founded in 1997, the CUPPA Alumni Association (CUPPAAA) offers educational and career development opportunities to alumni, current students, and faculty. Members from the base of almost 3000 alumni from 1978 forward make up the volunteer alumni association board of directors. All alumni of the UIC Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Policy Analysis, Urban Planning and Policy, Urban and Public Affairs, and Urban Sciences programs are invited to participate.
The committees of the CUPPA Alumni Board of Directors include Special Events, Professional Development, and Student-Alumni Connections. Members organize events and activities for the informal sharing and exchange of information and to encourage professional relationships. Alumni use their special expertise and connections to schedule unique outings and extended educational opportunities.