Ianna is responsible for guiding the strategic program direction for the Office of Civic Engagement's programs. In addition, she is focused on facilitating urban research collaborations with UChicago faculty and civic partners in the community, city and nationally. Prior to joining the University in 2017, Ianna served as a senior program officer with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, leading the foundation’s multi-year, $25 million How Housing Matters to Families and Communities housing policy and research initiative. She also led the MacArthur’s engagement with other foundations to sustain and expand resources for housing efforts nationally, including as co-founder of Funders for Housing and Opportunity. Ianna was recently an Urban Policy Fellow with the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.
Prior to MacArthur, Ianna led the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Economic Mobility Project, overseeing the project’s research agenda, publications, and communications strategy. She also served as senior policy advisor to U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on economic development and held positions with the Fannie Mae Foundation, Metropolitan Planning Council, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ianna earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Emory University.