Executive Director of Civic Leadership, University of Chicago

Joanie Friedman

As Executive Director of Civic Leadership, Joanie is responsible for advancing the knowledge, teaching, and practice of civic leadership locally, nationally, and globally to increase civic trust and strengthen cities. Working across the University of Chicago, she raises the visibility of programs and partnerships that strengthen the civic sector via civic leadership.

In 2015, Joanie launched and continues to support the Civic Leadership Academy, an interdisciplinary leadership development program for non-profit and government leaders who study with practitioners and faculty from Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Chicago Law School, the School of Social Service Administration, and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

Prior to working with the Office of Civic Engagement, Joanie led the Southside Arts & Humanities Network of the Civic Knowledge Project, which connected the cultural resources of the surrounding community with the resources of the University. Joanie holds a BA in History from Brown University and an MA in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University.