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Faith Powell Appointed Assistant Director of University of Chicago’s Center for Effective Government

Published: Dec 28 2020


The University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG) announced on December 22 that Faith Powell will assume the role of Assistant Director of the Center. Powell, a graduate student at the University’s Harris School of Public Policy (MPP’21), is the first person to assume the role and does so following a year serving as a Graduate Assistant to the Center. Her hiring signals the growth of CEG’s core team to support an expanding portfolio of programs and initiatives as the Center enters its second year of operation and prepares to announce its seventh cohort of Civic Leadership Academy Fellows in January.

Powell brings a wealth of non-profit advocacy, development, and government relations experience to her new role. A graduate of Elmhurst College and a Chicagoland native, she has held positions at City Year and its Voices for National Service coalition, and the National Women’s Law Center, all in Washington, D.C.

William Howell, Director of the Center for Effective Government and Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the University of Chicago, said, “We’re thrilled to have Faith continue her important work with CEG in this new and critical role. She is passionate about our mission to make government and its institutions more effective—particularly here in the city of Chicago. Her contributions to CEG have been significant and I am eager to embark together on this new phase of the Center’s growth.”

“Over the past year working with Faith as a graduate assistant, she has been a trusted colleague and capable leader. We have ambitious plans for 2021, and we are so deeply fortunate to have Faith take on this new role, particularly at this critical moment,” said Sadia Sindhu, Executive Director of the Center.

“Effective government and institutional reform are needed now more than ever, and CEG is leading the charge,” said Powell. “I’m grateful to continue working for such an impactful team in this new capacity under Will and Sadia's leadership.”

Powell will contribute to the Center’s strategy and operations, particularly in the areas of education, development, and impact, and help lead a portfolio of CEG’s programmatic initiatives, most prominently including the Civic Leadership Academy, the Center's flagship leadership development program and network of emerging Chicago government and non-profit leaders.

Powell will assume her role January 3.