On January 7, 2021, the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) based at the University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG) and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy welcomed its seventh cohort of 30 government and nonprofit leaders selected for its 2021 class.
By bringing together some of the area’s most promising nonprofit and government professionals, the prestigious Civic Leadership Academy fuels an exchange of ideas across the city and county that will improve practices and civic outcomes, and spur greater collaboration and innovation among our institutions. The 2021 class includes 15 fellows from nonprofit organizations, nine from city government, and six from county government.
The new cohort joins 179 CLA alumni as part of a growing network of civic leaders who have become integral to the civic infrastructure of the city of Chicago, working in institutions such as Malcolm X College, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Arise Chicago. CLA fellows are spearheading reform in Chicago during these critical times on a host of pressing policy challenges: leading the fight against COVID-19 and the economic recession, supporting students and educators through virtual learning, and advancing progress on issues of criminal justice, and more.