Loyola University Chicago

Community Relations

Jennifer Clark

Associate Vice President of Campus and Community Planning

As the Associate Vice President of Campus and Community Planning, Jennifer sets the overall direction for the revitalization of Loyola’s four campuses and adjacent communities in Chicago, Vernon Hills, and Bull Valley, Illinois. She personally works to ensure that the voice of the neighborhood community is heard within the University, and similarly that the University is a respected leader in its communities. She facilitates campus-community strategic planning, community infrastructure improvements, communications, and special events.

Jennifer oversees the departments of community relations, strategic capital planning, and the student-run business enterprise, Loyola Limited. In 2011, she managed over $5.5 million in real estate acquisitions, $2.2 million in retail revenue and facilitated the City approval process for $200 million in new construction on Chicago’s north side.

She is responsible for the 2005 Devon-Sheridan tax increment financing district and Loyola’s unique redevelopment agreement, allowing for the $60 million renovation to a national historic landmark building while bringing $500 million in taxable residential and retail development, as well as the public benefit of $13 million in transit and pedestrian safety improvements to Loyola Station.

Jennifer chairs the University strategic planning task force on community development and relations, is the liaison to the City of Chicago, and sits on the president’s planning and development committee. She is a staff representative to the facilities and capital assets committee of the board of trustees for which she authored the Lakeside Campus Design Guidelines.

Jennifer currently serves on the board of directors of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (secretary), Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (chairman), and North Edgewater Beach Association. She has served on the boards of Howard Area Community Center, Northside Community Resources, and Sacred Heart Schools.

Prior to joining Loyola in 2001, Jennifer worked for the Chicago Public Schools as a high school teacher, the Chicago Police Department as a community organizer, and the Chicago Park District as the Clarendon Community Center director in the Uptown neighborhood.

Jennifer has a B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University, a M.Ed. from DePaul University, and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. She also has a certificate from the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard/MIT/Tufts University Consortium and an Excellence in Leadership certificate from the Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center.

Call on Jennifer for big-picture planning issues and community collaborations. She can be reached at 773.508.7450 and jclark7@luc.edu.