Alyssa Berman-Cutler
Director, Community Economic Development Initiatives


Alyssa leads the Office of Civic Engagement’s community economic development efforts in the mid-South Side neighborhoods near the University of Chicago, including UChicago Local, the University’s live, buy and hire local program.   She also leads the Polsky Exchange’s community  outreach.

Alyssa previously served as executive director of Uptown United, a community development organization in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. She also worked as a zoning and land-use attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Chicago Law School.