Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement
Joseph Hoereth was hired as Associate Director of the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) when it was founded in the fall of 2008, and appointed Director in January 2009. IPCE creates opportunities for scholars, concerned citizens, students, and government to participate in public discourse and educational programs on current policy issues and social trends. As Director, he is responsible for the overall management of the Institute.
Dr. Hoereth came to UIC in 2004 as the Associate Director of the Great Cities Institute (GCI), bringing a wide range of experience in community development research and evaluation, having previously worked for university research centers, non-profit organizations and private consulting firms. As an independent consult, he conducted research projects on housing and comprehensive community building. He has worked for two private consulting firms, including an urban planning firm specializing in fiscal and economic impact studies for housing developers and a firm conducting research and program evaluation for foundations and non-profits. He has held staff positions at the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago and the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) at Rutgers University. Additionally, he has authored multiple reports and papers on housing, community economic development, and urban planning.
Hoereth holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters, and a Ph.D. in urban planning from Rutgers University. He has taught courses as adjunct faculty in the Department of Urban Planning and the Department of Public Administration.
Norma E. Ramos, MSM
Director, Marketing & Communications
Norma Ramos was hired as Associate Director of Communications for the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) when it was founded in the fall of 2008, and appointed as Director of Marketing and Communications in September 2010. As Director of Marketing and Communications, she is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Institute communication in a manner consistent with an overall communications strategy, including the development of marketing material and content for print and web-based media.
She is also responsible for the management of internal and external partnerships with media and community partners and contributes to the program development and administration functions of the Institute, especially where those functions have implications for the communication related aspects of programs and activities. She has more than 10 years of marketing, media, and communications experience working in the education units at USA TODAY, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Norma Ramos graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BA in Journalism and a MS in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Norma enjoys spending her free time with her family in Wisconsin, being outdoors, reading, and working as a youth mentor
Kathleen Stauffer, MUPP
Assistant Dean for Administration
Kathleen Stauffer, Assistant Dean for Administration in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA), has over 20 years of experience at UIC. She provides human resource and financial expertise for the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement.
She began her UIC career while a graduate student in CUPPA in 1990. Upon completion of her Masters in Urban Planning and Public Affairs she worked in several departments in CUPPA, including the Center for Urban Economic Development, the Urban Transportation Center, and the Dean's Office.
After this, Kathleen moved to the West Side to work in the College of Pharmacy where she engaged with graduate students, researchers, and faculty by assisting with projects, grant development, human resources, and fiscal administration.
In 2005 she began working in Academic Affairs where she assisted the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and the Dean of the Honors College on special projects, finance and human resources, and undergraduate student development.
Catalina Nava, MUPP
Catalina was hired as a Graduate Assistant in December 2009 for the Urban Public Policy Fellowship program. She advised eight undergraduate fellows and assisted them with their research projects in preparation for the African American & Latino Dialogue Research Forum at UIC. Catalina transitioned from her role as a Graduate Assistant and is now the Program Coordinator for the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement.
Catalina's educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her spare time she volunteers as a mentor with Lincoln's ChalleNGe Academy (LCA). LCA is a life skills program for at-risk youth who have dropped out of high school. The goal of the program is to assist them in attaining gainful employment or in attending college.
Ms. Nava coordinates the Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program and Civic Engagement Days. If you would like more information about the UPPF program or Civic Engagement Days, please contact Catalina at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly at 312.355.0154..
Kathryn James, MA
Kathryn James is a Research Associate at the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE), where she collaborates closely with the Director and staff to design and support proposals and projects around civic engagement theory and practice in order to better inform IPCE programs and community engagement initiatives. She also assists with the communication functions of the Institute, including the dissemination of IPCE research findings within local and national civic engagement communities as well as relevant writing projects for online and social media platforms. Katie has been with the Institute since 2011, when she started as a Research Assistant; she transitioned into her position as Research Associate in 2013.
Katie received her BA in English with minors in writing and communication from Saint Xavier University and her MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her background has provided her with extensive writing and editing experience. She served as a writing tutor at both her graduate and undergraduate institutions and was Editor of SXU's literary magazine, Opus. She has an article forthcoming in the Nabokov Online Journal (Fall 2015).
Matt E Sweeney, MA
Visiting Research Specialist
Matt began working with IPCE in early 2014. He primarily supports IPCE's research activities and its deliberative democracy initiatives.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Matt has worked in community education and civic engagement throughout the Americas, with organizations such as Citizen Schools, UNESCO, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Chicago, and the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. In 2009, he was selected as 1 of 60 Rotary World Peace Fellows worldwide, and as a fellow earned a master's degree in International Relations at La Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires. He has supported public dialogue and deliberation projects such as Public Conversation Project dialogues, National Issues Forums, and Participatory Budgeting, and is an alumni of the Summer Institute of Civic Studies.
Beyond his interests in data and democracy, Matt insists on traveling Chicago by bike, plays soccer and doubles ping-pong, and has recently become more involved in Chicago's Civic Tech community. He is originally from the Chicago area, and currently lives in West Town with his wife, Christine, and son, Theo.