PPIA is excited to welcome Maggie DeCarlo to our Board of Directors. She has been the Director of Admissions for The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago since 2003. She was born in Detroit, MI and has a long history of public policy and community development work experience in the public private and non-profit sector. Her formal work in policy and advocacy began with the Warren/Conner Development Coalition, a non-profit focusing on healthy neighborhoods, economic development and political empowerment, where she served as a program director.

From 1996 to 2000, Maggie served as an appointee for the Honorable Dennis Archer, Mayor of the City of Detroit, where she was Deputy Director/Service Coordinator for the Butzel Family Center an 80,000+ square foot municipal facility that housed government, private and not for profit family serving agencies providing “cradle to grave” services and recreation activities for residents of Detroit’s eastside. Upon relocating to Chicago in 2000, Maggie went to work for an Illinois State Representative and later the Chicago Chapter of the American Red Cross as manager of Community Education before transitioning to the University of Chicago.

Maggie attended the University of Michigan where she was first introduced to the formal study of Public Policy in the program that is now known as PPIA and later graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Economics. Maggie lives in the Woodlawn community near the University and she hopes to continue to work towards the completion of her MPP.