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City Of Chicago

Stacey Swearingen White, Dean

CUPPA Office of the Dean Heading link

Linsu Abraham Manager of Research Operations
Paola Caicedo Assistant Dean for Finance, Administration, and Research Operations
Mirtza Campbell Senior Academic Advisor
Jie Chen Information Technology Manager/Administrative Coordinator
Sharon Hayes Assistant Dean for Student Success
Jaime Holland Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Jada Jackson Main Desk Attendant
Doris Nelson Business Administrative Associate
Kelly LeRoux Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research
Erica Lynn Plys Director of Human Resources
Jim Rohde Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing
Lynn Ross-Anderson Business Administrative Assistant
Stacey Swearingen White Dean
Jenny Sweeney Associate Director of Special Events
Jodi White Jones Assistant Dean for Communication

CUPPA Dean's Council Heading link

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 Heading link

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
Al Riley Rich Township Supervisor and Former Member, Illinois House of Representatives, 38th District
Emily Tapia Lopez Director of Strategic Initiatives, HTNB

CUPPA Alumni Association Board of Directors Heading link

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.