Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

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Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development
DePaul University
243 S. Wabash Avenue, Suite 9000
Chicago, IL 60604 USA
Phone: 312.362.5731
Fax: 312.362.5506


Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D.
Director of the Chaddick Institute &
Professor in DePaul University Graduate School of Public Service

Dr. Joseph P. Schwieterman, Ph.D., a professor of Public Service Management, is a noted authority on transportation and a long-standing contributor to the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a unit of the National Academy of Sciences. His work appears in such scholarly journals as Regulation, Journal of Asian Business, Transport Reviews, and the Journal of the Transportation Research Board. He has twice testified, most recently in early 2007, on transportation issues before subcommittees of the U.S. Congress. As the Director of DePaul University's Chaddick Institute, which promotes effective urban planning, Dr. Schwieterman is also actively involved in research about planning and development in metropolitan Chicago. He is an officer of the Chicago chapter of the Transportation Research Forum and has served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Conference on Public Transit Research. He also has eight years of professional experience working for a Chicago-based airline.

Dr. Schwieterman’s most recent work includes a book about the abandonment of American Railroads, entitled When the Railroad Leaves Town: American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment (Truman State University Press, 2004), which was a finalist for the prestigious George Hilton Book Award. His latest book, The Politics of Place: The History of Zoning in Chicago (Lake Claremont Press, 2006), co-written with Dana Caspall, has also received scholarly recognition. Dr. Schwieterman frequently appears as an expert on First Business (syndicated television) and is a regular guest who discusses transportation topics on WBBM Radio 780’s Noon Business Hour and WBEZ (National Public Radio). Through Dr. Schwieterman’s leadership, the Chaddick Institute has become a respected authority on land-use and transportation issues in the Chicago metropolitan area. In 2001, the institute received a public education award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Marisa Schulz, LEED AP
Assistant Director 

Marisa Schulz manages a variety of all of the Institute's programs, including the research series, technical workshops, Municipal Design Review Network, and community outreach initiatives. Marisa received her M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas School of Architecture. A native of metropolitan Detroit, she has extensive experience in both planning and urban design. Marisa is a LEED Accredited Professional, who oversaw the green building certification for Black+Vernooy, an Austin-based architecture and urban design firm. At Black+Vernooy, she also served in a supervisory role, managing a number of the firm's urban design and planning proposal efforts and projects.

Prior to her move to Chicago, Marisa worked as a policy advisor for the City of Austin Council Member, focusing on environmental, transportation, and land-use issues. She managed the creation of a large-scale corridor redevelopment initiative, coordinating the involvement of the city, local officials, stakeholders, and the media. She also served as a board member for the Congress for New Urbanism, Central Texas Chapter.

Justin Kohls
Program Manager

Justin B. Kohls is involved with all aspects of the Chaddick Institute's programming and administration. He coordinates multiple projects including the Beyond Burnham Oral History Series, Young Professionals Events, as well as helps manage the Institute's bi-annual study trips. Justin is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Metropolitan Planning & Urban Affairs from DePaul University’s School of Public Service. He received his B.A. in Social Justice Studies from Roosevelt University.

Kate Witherspoon
Graduate Assistant

Kate Witherspoon is pursuing her Master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from DePaul University's School of Public Service. She is a 2012-2013 Chaddick Scholar and current graduate assistant for the Chaddick Institute. She is interested in the fields of transportation and planning policy.

Xhoana Ahmeti
Research Assistant
Xhoana Ahmeti, a senior in the DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies and Geography with minors in Environmental Science and Economics. Her research intersts lay at the intersection of urban city planning, regional transportation, and public policy. 

Susan Aaron
Civic Program Design

Susan Aaron’s work for the Chaddick Institute reaches a broad variety of projects and initiatives. Along with her many civic affiliations, she is a contributing author to The Plan of Chicago@ 100: 15 Views of Burnham’s Legacy for a New Century and is the 2009 recipient of Lambda Alpha International and Chapter awards. She was also an appointed member of the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee. Ms. Aaron has had a very successful career in the arts, as well as community and economic development. She was a primary leader in the creation, development and coordination of The Plan of Chicago Centennial Initiative, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1909 Burnham and Bennett Plan of Chicago. She also served as Executive Director of the Grant Park Cultural & Educational Community (GPCEC) and as the Director of Promotion for the Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC).

As Program Coordinator for Navy Pier for the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Works during Navy Pier’s early years of redevelopment in the late 1970s, she was responsible for public programming, marketing, public relations and leasing of the facility; and worked with real estate research consultants hired by the City to create a development plan for the Pier. During the City’s celebration of the 1976 U. S. Bicentennial, Ms. Aaron also served as Director of Art and Historical Exhibitions at Nay Pier for the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry.

John Hedrick, J.D.
Municipal Design Review Program Advisor

John Hedrick is the founder and Chair of Scenic Illinois, which supports public land-use, planning, and design. He also organized the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) for the Chaddick Institute, which focuses on municipal design review practices. A licensed attorney for over 30 years, Mr. Hedrick specialized in advertising, corporate and regulatory matters. He has also served on various municipal planning committees, including Village Commissioner for building and landscape design review. Currently, Mr. Hedrick is Chair of the Glenview Appearance Commission and has recently served on special facade improvement and comprehensive planning committees for the Village. In his latest legal work, John specialized in Board planning and organizational issues.

Laurie B. Marston, AICP
Land Use and Planning Specialist

Laurie Marston has been a consultant since 1997 and provides planning, zoning, urban design, economic development and consensus building services to municipalities, developers, small businesses and not-for-profits. She has organized and moderated forty workshops for municipal planners at the Chaddick Institute as well as training workshops for Plan Commissions, Zoning Boards and Appearance Commissions. Prior to consulting, she worked for twenty-two years in municipal planning, including nine years as Director of Community Development for the Village of Wilmette. The Wilmette Chamber of Commerce presented Ms. Marston an award in recognition of her service to the business community. She has an MA in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago.

Ms. Marston was a citizen volunteer on the Evanston Plan Commission and chaired the Minority, Women and Evanston Business Enterprise Commission. She has spoken at APA national conferences and moderated two symposiums for the Northwest Municipal Conference. She served on the board of Women in Planning Development for three years and was inducted into that group’s Circle of Honor. A member of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics organization, she is the Central Regional Vice President for the International Board of Governors. Ms. Marston was awarded the Distinguished Chapter Service Award for her work as Vice Chair of the committee that published The Plan of Chicago @100: 15 Views of Burnham’s Legacy for a New Century

Advisors/Visiting Scholars

Gregory Newmark, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Dr. Gregory Newmark, Ph.D., is a transportation planner that focuses on strategic transit policy.  He has worked extensively as a transportation planner for private consulting firms, public agencies, and non-profit organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Newmark received his doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.  His research interests include public transit, travel behavior, transportation finance, and social equity.  He is active in the Transportation Research Board where he chairs the International Subcommittee of the Rail Transit Committee and has published widely in the associated Transportation Research Record.  Dr. Newmark enjoys working with students and is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Service here at DePaul University

Peter A. Creticos, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Peter Creticos is President and Executive Director of the Institute for Work and the Economy, a Chicago-based think tank in workforce and economic development, and Principal of Peter A. Creticos, Ltd., a policy consultancy. He is a former Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a former Senior Research Associate at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level political science and public administration courses at three Chicago area universities. Dr. Creticos has served in several senior positions in state and local government, and in national and state NGOs.

Dr. Creticos earned his Ph.D. for his research on job matching at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  He has a Master of Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Denis Alcides Rezende  
Visiting Professor   
Denis Alcides Rezende is a Professor and Researcher in the Post-Graduate Program of Public Administration and Urban Management at PUCPR Catholic University (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil).  He is an author and co-author of 18 books and more than 200 academic articles on strategic planning in public and private organizations, public management, information systems, strategic digital city, and information technology management. He regularly serves as a consultant to businesses and the public sector on these issues.  He is curently serving as a visiting research fellow at the Chaddick Institute.  Dr. Alcides Rezende’s post-doctorate work at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, focused on Municipal Public Administration.  He received his Ph.D. in Information Technology and Public-Private Strategic Planning (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), MS in Information Technology (Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil), and Bachelors in Administration (Faculdade De Plácido e Silva, Brazil).

Laurence Audenaerd, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar 

Laurence Audenaerd, Ph.D. is a transportation engineer /economist with a focus primarily on urban and intercity passenger transportation and the influence of geography. He has an extensive background providing national and regional transportation research and policy analysis for federal agencies, such as U.S. Department of Transportation, NASA, and the Department of Defense, as well as state and local units, such as the Illinois Governor’s Office, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and New York City MTA. Dr. Audenaerd has an extensive publication record and holds membership appointments on several transportation-related committees, including the Transportation Research Board. Additionally, Dr. Audenaerd volunteers his time advising members of the Illinois General Assembly on transportation issues. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a masters degrees from Princeton University and Rutgers University.

Affiliated Faculty 

Robert Rotenberg, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor

Dr. Robert Rotenberg holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He is currently the Vincent de Paul Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University, where he has taught for over thirty years. His research specialization is the cultural meaning of urban space, especially in large metropolitan areas. His ethnographic monograph on the landscapes of Vienna, Austria, "Landscape and Power in Vienna," won several prizes. He has also conducted research in Prague, Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary, and Chicago, Illinois. His research articles cover such topics as urban gardening movements, the underestimation of the sublime in nature by city dwellers, the genealogy of global downtowns, and the myth of sustainability in cities. He has been a presenter at Washington’s Dumbarton Oaks Center for Garden Studies conferences, a research fellow at Vienna’s International Research Center for Cultural Studies and Fulbright Senior Research Fellow. His current research interests include the cultural aesthetics of communities.