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Joseph P. Schwieterman, PhD
Director of the Chaddick Institute &
Professor in DePaul's Graduate School of Public Service

Dr. Schwieterman is a Professor in the School of Public Service, Department of Public Policy, and Sustainable Urban Development programs. He is an expert in the fields of public policy, transportation and urban planning, and is the author of numerous books and peer-reviewed articles on the development of cities and transportation.

He has consulted with prominent national organizations on planning and development issues, and advised national trade groups and research organizations on trends in transportation. In addition to serving as the Director of the Chaddick Institute, Dr. Schwieterman serves as president of the Chicago Chapter of the Transportation Research Forum.

In addition to having published more than 40 technical articles, Dr. Schwieterman has authored five books, including The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago, which won an independent book publishers award. His most recent book, Terminal Town, offers an illustrated history of Chicago’s airports, bus depots, and train stations since 1939 and is presently featured in a traveling exhibit circulating throughout the metropolitan region. Since joining DePaul, he has also published an illustrated history of planning for the Chicago region, “Beyond Burnham,” and a book about the abandonment of American railroads, When the Railroad Leaves Town, which was a finalist for the prestigious George Hilton Award.

Dr. Schwieterman is frequently seen and heard on radio and television, making appearances on Chicago Public Radio, and WBBM’s Noon Business Hour. His work through the Chaddick Institute has also been featured in USA Today, Bloomberg News, and the Chicago Tribune, among other national publications.

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C. Scott Smith, PhD AICP
Assistant Director

Dr. Smith supports many programs and activities for Chaddick including the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN) and Transportation Research Forum's Chicago Chapter.

He received his PhD in Planning, Policy and Design from the University of California, Irvine and Master of Environmental Planning and BS in Geography degrees from Arizona State University. Dr. Smith previously worked as an Assistant Professor of urban planning at Western Michigan University's Department of Geography and Director of Outreach for the University's Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities where he designed and carried out numerous collaborative research projects. Dr. Smith's recent research has explored the social performance of urban transportation systems including the distributive equity of bike-sharing systems, multimodal accessibility models and novel approaches to advancing ADA compliance in public rights-of-way. An AICP certified planner, Dr. Smith also worked as Transportation and Land Use Manager for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference.

Residing in Oak Park, Dr. Smith enjoys serving on the Village’s Community Design Commission and administering waste-free programs at his son’s elementary school. He can also be seen kayaking on the Chicago and Des Plaines rivers.

Mallory Livingston
Graduate Researcher

Mallory brings to Chaddick several years of research, program development, and fundraising experience.  Although a Chicago native, she has spent much of the last decade on the East Coast; after earning a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine, she worked at an international think tank in Boston, with a focus on researching and improving the social impact of businesses and non-governmental agencies. Two years ago, Mallory returned to Chicago, where she joined the American Heart Association’s corporate development team. Mallory is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at DePaul’s School of Public Service, and she is passionate about global development and urban design. 

Stijn van der Slot
Graduate Researcher

Stijn moved to Chicago in the summer of 2016 to pursue a graduate degree in Sustainable Urban Development after completing a bachelor in Future Planet Studies at the University of Amsterdam with a specialization in sustainable urban planning. As an active outdoor fanatic (a.o. bicycling, surfing and soccer) he grew a passion for the incorporation of the natural environment into urban design. Other interests are car-free transportation, niche-level independent initiatives and the rural/urban interdependence. This was further developed by setting up a sustainability program for NGOs, companies and local governments in the place where he grew up: the Dutch flower bulb region (a beautiful location surrounded by the main cities in the Netherlands).

Riley O'Neil
Post-Graduate Researcher

Riley is a research assistant with the institution, he participates in ongoing research projects performing analysis, collecting data, and designing maps. Riley was born and raised on Chicago’s Northside but found his interest in planning and transportation with the City of St. Louis interning for the city’s sustainability department. He is a passionate cycling advocate who is determined to make streets more balanced and safer for all modes of transportation. He has helped organized and lead bike and walking tours in the city with local organizations and given his previous degree in marketing he also works with student and community engagement for the institutes various events and study trips.

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Nicholas Kachiroubas, PhD
Faculty Advisor & Associate Teaching Professor in DePaul's Graduate School of Public Service

Dr. Nick Kachiroubas joined DePaul University’s School of Public Service in the summer of 2012. He received a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee; a MA in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University in Romeoville; and a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

His professional interests include Leadership and the Presidency, specifically focusing on the relationship between the President of the United States and his Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs of Staff; Leadership in Congress, specifically leadership pertaining to the Speaker of the House; Leadership and Parliamentary Discourse; and Leadership Development of university students and young professionals.

Dr. Kachiroubas previously served as Executive Director for University Advancement at Judson University where he also served as an adjunct professor and master course writer for their graduate program in organizational leadership. Prior to that he worked as Annual Giving Coordinator for Centegra Health System and as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Revenue at the Illinois Department of Revenue based in Chicago, Illinois.

He served a six-year term as a trustee on the McHenry County College Board of Trustees, where upon completion he was named Trustee Emeritus. Currently, he currently serving as the City Clerk of the City of Crystal Lake, Illinois. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Kachiroubas worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois State Senate, Illinois House of Representatives, and the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor. He also has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors:  currently, he serves on the Centegra Health System Foundation Board, and he is Chairman of the America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta Foundation. In his free time, he loves to sail.


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 40 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 22 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." 

John Hedrick
, JD 
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.

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 Navy Pier for the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry.


Kenneth Rose
Chaddick Institute Research Fellow

Kenneth Rose is an independent consultant based in Chicago, a lecturer at DePaul University, and a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University. Dr. Rose has worked more than thirty years on the structure, economics and regulation of the U.S. electric supply industry, including electricity wholesale and retail markets and environmental regulation of electricity production. Dr. Rose was a Senior Institute Economist at The National Regulatory Research Institute at Ohio State University and a lecturer for the School of Public Policy and Management and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. He also previously worked at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Rose received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


Ruth Wuorenma is a land use and development expert whose career has spanned national and international commercial real estate; market-rate and affordable housing; and various civic roles. She has extensive experience in entitlements; in site selection and development; and has a lifelong passion for community engagement that strengthens a shared sense of place. In 2003, Ruth created Neighborhood Capital Institute (NCI) to help entities – ones that own or control significant real estate and/or infrastructure – leverage those assets to foster capital investment, economic vitality, and an enhanced quality of life for residents and other stakeholders.

Ruth is a member of Illinois American Water’s governing board, of the Waukegan Economic Development Advisory Board, and of the Land Use Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute in Chicago and also in its national Public Development and Infrastructure Council. She and her husband are proud owners of “Happy Turtle Farms,” two farms in Michigan that focus on the preservation of small farms and wildlife habitat. Ruth graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and earned her JD from its College of Law.


Mohamed AliSustainable Urban Development
Elizabeth Balsavich, School of Public Service
Tom BenedettoSchool of Public Service​
William Hoover, International Relations
Jasmine Jones, School of Public Service
Matthew Lange, School of Public Service
Joanna McCall, Sustainable Urban Development
Janelle Myers, College of Education

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