CHICAGO, IL — After an unprecedented year that brought the urgent need for reform, strong democratic institutions, and effective governance into sharp relief, the University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG) at the Harris School of Public Policy will expand its team to support its growing list of initiatives and engagement efforts in the reform space.
The Center announced today that Dylan Schaffer (MPP’21) will assume the role of Assistant Director, effective immediately. During his time as a student at the Harris School, Schaffer has served as a graduate assistant at the Center, helping to develop its strategic vision, engagement work, and initial programming—work he will build on in his new role.
Schaffer brings extensive experience in external affairs, communications, and non-profit and political advocacy to the role. In addition to his work at CEG, he has held positions in external relations and planning at Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn, NY; in campaigns and advocacy at MAYDAY.US, a campaign finance reform organization; and in policy and communications at Democrats for Education Reform, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Harvard College and a Rhode Island native.
“At this critical juncture for our nation and our democracy, I’m eager to elevate the need for government reform and the ways to reimagine our institutions to better serve the people,” said Schaffer. “There is no better place to advance this important work, and I look forward to doing so alongside my incredible colleagues at CEG in this new capacity.”
William Howell, Director of the Center for Effective Government and Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago, said, “I am thrilled to have Dylan join our growing team. With all that we are doing, and all that we hope to achieve, Dylan is going to play an indispensable role in the Center’s growth.”
Sadia Sindhu, Executive Director of the Center, said, “Dylan joined our team as a graduate assistant and has been an integral part of the Center’s growth over the past two years. We’re thrilled to have him expand his portfolio at CEG in this new role.”
Schaffer will contribute to the Center’s strategy and operations, particularly in the areas of engagement and communications, and help lead a portfolio of CEG’s programmatic initiatives, most prominently including the University of Chicago Data & Democracy initiative, a collaboration between the Center and the University’s Data Science Department of Computer Science.
About the Center for Effective Government
The University of Chicago Center for Effective Government was founded in 2019 to help solve the problems of government ineffectiveness with a multi-faceted theory of action. The Center organizes its work and activities, and builds bridges between its stakeholders—scholars, students, practitioners, leaders, journalists, and advocates—around three key areas: ideas, education, and engagement. Through robust, innovative programming—including its Senior Practitioner Fellowship, Civic Leadership Academy, Rethinking our Democracy series, and ‘Not Another Politics Podcast’—the Center works to strengthen institutions of democracy and improve government’s capacity to solve public problems.