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Rosemary McDonnell

Rosemary McDonnell has over twenty years’ experience working in the public sector.  She offers knowledge and experience in contract negotiations for emergency preparedness and public safety, performance measures, workforce development, continuous improvement, strategic planning, and transportation planning. After graduating from Bradley University in 1991, she began her career as a Program Manager for the Pekin Park District. She developed recreational and education programs for people with disabilities.  This included creating the budget, program evaluations, and strategies for each year.

After returning to Chicago to complete her Master’s Degree (at DePaul University in the School of Public Service), Rosemary continued to work in the nonprofit and public sector. In 2000, Rosemary co-authored an Elected Officials Guide to Performance Measurement, while she worked for the Government Finance Officers Association.

After she finished her Master’s Degree, she joined the Chicago Transit Authority as a Transportation Planner. She assisted on numerous planning projects, including ridership analysis and maximum peak loads. In addition, she represented the CTA on the Senior Initiatives Council, a Citywide, Mayoral Initiative. The end result was a comprehensive report, Neighborhoods Alive! With Seniors, which included a needs assessment and recommendations for seniors in Chicago.

Her planning work led her to the City of Chicago, where she did strategic planning and internal consultation while at the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (MOWD). She developed processes and procedures to streamline workflow for several internal Units. She assisted in the creation of a groundbreaking evaluation tool, the 1000 Points of Quality:  Quality Assurance System.  In addition, she went through training and subsequently became a certified Examiner for the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence in 2003 and 2004. She was also a Project Coordinator for several workforce programs, including disabilityworks, a public-private partnership to increase economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

She left MOWD in 2006 and went to the City of Chicago, Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) where she currently serves as a Grants Research Specialist. In this role, she negotiates contracts for homeland security contracts. She is in charge of researching all facets of emergency preparedness and public safety. She researches non-standard grant opportunities and represents OEMC at many outreach events.

Rosemary has taught two different classes for DePaul University’s School of Public Service: MPS 498: Public Service Immersion &  MPS 529: Strategic Management and Planning.