City Of Chicago

Michael A. Pagano

Dean Michael A. Pagano

Michael A. Pagano is Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Director of UIC’s Government Finance Research Center, professor of public administration, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (which was chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability), former co-editor of Urban Affairs Review (2001-2014), and Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution.

He has published ten books, including Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil , Cityscapes and Capital and The Dynamics of Federalism, and over 80 articles on urban finance, capital budgeting, federalism, transportation policy, infrastructure, urban development and fiscal policy; since 1991, he has written the annual City Fiscal Conditions report for the National League of Cities. He has delivered more than one hundred papers and speeches and received funding from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Research Council, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Pew Charitable Trusts, Brookings Institution, CEOs for Cities, National League of Cities, Chicago Community Trust, U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and elsewhere.

He serves on a variety of professional organizations, including NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration), the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago), the Pension Committee of the Civic Federation, and the Urban Land Institute. He earned a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

Dean Pagano Receives Wildavsky Award

CUPPA Office of the Dean

Philip Ashton Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Paola Caicedo Manager of Research Operations
Kathleen Engstrom Associate Dean
Marcin Hiolski Director of Computing and Continuity Support
Jaime Holland Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Cameron Johnson Director of Advancement
Jennifer Pietka Assistant Dean for Administration
Lynn Ross Assistant to Dean Pagano
Kathleen Stauffer Assistant Dean for Administration
Nik Theodore Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research
Jodi White Jones Assistant Dean for Communication

CUPPA Dean's Council

table meeting

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 CEO, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority
Erin Lavin Cabonargi Managing Director, Hibernian Advisors
William Mack Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
George Ranney (retired), President and CEO, Metropolis Strategies
James Spiotto Managing Director, Chapman Strategic Advisors, LLC
Emily Tapia Lopez Director of Strategic Initiatives, HTNB

CUPPA Alumni Association Board of Directors

Alumni Board Members

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.


Members of the CUPPA Alumni Association Board of Directors

Nicole Sims, MPA '02 Manager Crowe Howrath LLP
Peter Czubak, MPA '02 Senior City Forester City of Chicago, Bureau of Forestry
Farah Ansari, MUPP ‘14 Senior Planning Analyst Chicago Housing Authority
Stephan Bitter, MPA '93 Scheduling Operations Officer TSA
Amy Bashiti, MUPP '13 Community Revitalization Planning Specialist Illinois Housing Development Authority
Jenessa Berg, MUPP ‘10 Marketing Manager The Sidwell Company
Andrew Castellucci, MPA '10 Assistant Vice President Credit Research CW Henderson and Associates
Joshua Hahn, MUPP '13 Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin Area Director American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Catherine Vera Kannenberg, MUPP '00 Finance Manager Construction Products Sales, Inc.
Peggy Laemle, MUPP '01 Independent Writing and Editing Professional
Mary Lupa, MUPP '92 Supervising Planner, Systems Analysis WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff
Anthony (Tony) Manno, MUPP '04 Senior Planner Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Catrina Patton, MPA '15 Product Manager Unitive
Al Riley, MUPP '78 Representative, 38th District, Assistant Majority Leader Illinois House of Representatives
Kelly Siegel, MUPP '14 Budget Analyst Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Environmental Protection Agency
Peter Skosey, MUPP '93 Executive Director State Government Affairs at BNSF Railway
Heather Winter, MUPP '16 Manager, Government Relations Experion
Alireza (Ali) Bahramirad, MUPP '14 Associate Project Manager Lightengale Group
Charles Eastwood, MPA '17 Program Information Specialist UIC College of Medicine
Divyanga Ganesh, MUPP ‘17
David Kosturik, MUPP '14 Urban Planner Allen L. Kracower & Associates, Inc.
Qixin [chee-shin] Chen, MPA ’17 Office Administrative Assistant Department of Restorative Dentistry, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Michael Sewall, MUPP ’17 Special Service Area Director Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
Alvaro Villagran, MUPP ‘17
Vitaliy Vladimirov, MUPP ’17 Program Manager Uptown United
Jessica Young, MPA '16 Development Manager Corporate Partnerships, City Year Chicago