Loyola University Chicago

Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy



Annette Steinacker

Director of MUAPP and Associate Professor                     Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program
PhD, University of Rochester, 1996
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Annette Steinacker, PhD is an Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program at Loyola University Chicago.

 Her scholarly research has focused on issues of urban economic development and metropolitan governance. She has done work on change in the number and types of jobs available in central cities, factors that influence the location decisions of businesses, and the role of tax abatements versus amenities as part of a local economic development strategy. Dr. Steinacker has also studied the impacts of local government organization on public policy outcomes and the political feasibility of changing these structures, particularly metropolitan cooperative agreements and special districts. She has conducted evaluations of the economic impact of an urban university, the need for specific higher education degree programs to match growing job sectors in a metropolitan area, and the impact of affordable housing policies on housing supply. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, several private foundations, and local government agencies. She was co-editor of Urban Affairs Review, a journal affiliated with the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association, for five years.

Dr. Steinacker received her PhD in political science from the University of Rochester, a Masters of Public Administration from Texas A & M University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She previously taught at Columbia University, Texas A & M University, Georgetown University, University of Miami, and Claremont Graduate University. She was Director of the Public Policy program at Claremont for ten years prior to joining Loyola University Chicago and served as Associate Provost for Faculty Development at Claremont Graduate University.

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Ronald Gibbs

Adjunct Professor                                                                           Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program
Masters, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Ronald Gibbs is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program, where he teaches MPP 408—Political Feasibility Analysis. Mr. Gibbs is President of National and International Public Affairs Consulting (NIPAC). He provides strategic counsel to businesses, governmental entities and non-profit organizations on public policy, legislative affairs, marketing/branding, fund raising, communications, and corporate social responsibility issues. Mr. Gibbs also conducts seminars for corporate and non-profit executives on developing winning public policy strategies.

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Jill Mason Terzakis

‌‌Adjunct Professor                                                                           Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago—UIC (To be conferred)
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Jill Mason Terzakis is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy program. She teaches Public Budgeting and Finance and Intergovernmental Relations.  Ms. Terzakis's professional experience in public policy and public finance spans 25 years, including working as a Senior Municipal Bond Analyst at Nuveen, as Assistant Commissioner of Special Finance at the City of Chicago, and as Vice President at Scott Balice Strategies. Her research areas include municipal bond credit analysis, tax law, financial disclosure and bond redemption practices, real estate finance, and public private partnerships. She has presented her research at conferences of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, National Council of State Agencies, Institute for International Research, and Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. Her research has been published in peer reviewed as well as practitioner journals. Ms. Terzakis holds a BA from Lake Forest College and an MBA from DePaul University. She is completing her PhD in Public Administration this fall with specializations in public management and public finance at University of Illinois - Chicago’s College of Urban Planning and Policy Affairs. 

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Kiljoong Kim

Adjunct Professor                                                                           Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013
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Kiljoong Kim is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy Program. He teaches Statistical Analysis I and II. Dr. Kim is also a policy analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. He is currently working on supporting the implementation of title IV-E waivers in three different states focusing on development of data-driven strategies and policies on child welfare. He also collaborates with number of Chapin Hall’s partners, including government agencies and non-profit organizations, to successfully utilize internal and external data to guide execution and evaluation of their policies and strategies. His research interests include education (data-driven instructional strategy and curriculum planning), organizational behavior (program evaluation and strategy implementation), and demography (population migration and census).

Previously, Dr. Kim was data strategist for Chicago Public Schools, where he provided support in data analysis and policy implementation to administrators, teachers, parents and community members. He was also research director and faculty member at DePaul University, where he collaborated with non-profit organizations and foundations on various urban issues including housing, immigration, crime, and education, and collaborated with faculty members on publications. He also served on number of advisory boards for local organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, Ingenuity, Inc., Korean American Research Institute, and Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Illinois at Chicago a M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University, and a B.S. in Sociology with Concentration in Analysis & Research (CAR) Certificate from University of Wisconsin-Madison.