Loyola University Chicago

Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy


Practitioner Series

The Graduate Program in Urban Affairs and Public Policy invites all Loyola University students, faculty, and staff to its Practitioner Speaker Series for the Fall 2018 semester. We have invited distinguished public policy practitioners to speak with students about their organizations and the current issues they face, their own career paths, internship and job prospects, and qualities that they look for when hiring. Pizza will be provided for these events, which are free to attend and typically meet for about an hour in Room 205 of the Corboy Law Center.

Check out the Fall 2018 Practioner Lectures Series Schedule for more details and to learn about this year's speakers.

2018 Practitioner Series

2016 Alumni Panel

Fall 2016 Alumni Panel

On September 14, 2016, we welcomed five MPP graduates for an Alumni Panel. We are so fortunate to have these and so many other alumni working in policy in the City of chicago and around the country. It affords our students a behind-the-scenes look into a myriad of different professions, and helps them connect what they are learning in the classroom to what they will be doing after they graduate.

Panel Members:

  • Conor Desmond, J.D./M.P.P., litigation associate for Liston and Tsantilis
  • Sebastian Ellefson, co-founder of BallotReady
  • Guy Gilbertson, Budget and Policy Analyst for the Department of Budget and Management at the Chicago Park District
  • Margaret Hansbrough, Energy Engagement Manager for the Chicago Mayor's Office
  • Mary Jo Warskow, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Elevate Energy

Spring 2016 Alumni Panel

On January 26, 2016, we welcomed three distinguished MPP graduates from 2013 for an Alumni Panel. They shared their perspectives in a panel discussion that was informative and entertaining. 

Panel Members:

  • Catherine Turco, Kivvit Strategies
  • Caitlin McElroy, 46th Ward
  • Evan Phillips, City of Chicago Office of Budget Management

A list of past speakers may be found here: