Shelley Davis

MUPP 1998

Forest Preserve Foundation, President and Executive Director
Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago,
Lecturer and Senior Mentor
Lawrence University,

Albert Pick Jr. Fund, Board Chair
Illinois Commission for Juvenile Justice,

Can you describe your work and how your planning degree contributes to it?


UIC gave me a strong understanding of public policy and how community, nonprofit, public and private sectors balance working together and their inherent mission tensions.


What do you like most about your current job or related work in planning?


Executive leadership skills.


What advice do you wish you had gotten as a MUPP or, conversely, what advice would you give to young planners today?

Evaluation and writing skills are always essential. Volunteerism and internships will lead to new career opportunities.