Dan A. Lewis

Faculty Director
Professor of Human Development & Social Policy, School of Education & Social Policy

Dan A. Lewis’ research agenda provides an approach to studying social policy that meets the challenge of a profound transformation in social policy over the last 40 years. Gone are the days of new federal programs to solve national problems. The New Deal and the Great Society are seen by many as the source of our problems rather than solutions. Lewis’ work responds to these changes in the political climate.

In addition to being Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Lewis holds a professorial appointment with the department of Human Development & Social Policy at Northwestern's School of Education & Social Policy.

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John Kretzmann
Community Liaison
Research Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Director, Asset-Based Community Development Institute

John (Jody) Kretzmann is co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern, which works with community building leaders across North America as well as on five other continents to conduct research, produce materials and otherwise support community-based efforts to rediscover local capacities and to mobilize citizens’ resources to solve problems.

Kretzmann has taught about community development and public policy with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Urban Studies Program (which he co-founded), Valparaiso University, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormack Seminary. He serves on a wide range of civic, community and foundation boards. His BA is from Princeton University (magna cum laude), his master's degree is from the University of Virginia, and his PhD (in sociology and urban affairs) is from Northwestern University.

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Robert Donahue
Associate Director

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Heidi Gross
Assistant Director


As Assistant Director for the Center for Civic Engagement, Heidi is responsible for overseeing all of CCE's programmatic offerings. She started Northwestern's Jumpstart program in 2009 and served as the Jumpstart Site Manager for three years before moving into her current role. She now works most closely with the Engage Chicago, NUPIP, Civic Engagement Certificate, and CCE Fellowship programs.

Heidi received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana. She is currently enrolled in Northwestern's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

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Katrina Weimholt
Assistant Director


Katrina Weimholt joins the Center for Civic Engagement as an Assistant Director with expertise in service-learning and experiential education, nonprofit management, and political engagement. She previously led civic engagement programs at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development as the Program Director of the Civic Education Project. Katrina founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago, a volunteer-run association that strengthens the nonprofit community by providing professional development, resources, and networking opportunities to young professionals. She was also a founding director of the New Leaders Council in Chicago, a nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leadership. Katrina holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political communication from Northwestern, and is completing a master’s degree in public policy and administration.

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Rabeya Mallick

Rabeya Mallick
Jumpstart Program Coordinator


Rabeya oversees Jumpstart, a program in which university students partner with local preschools to facilitate language, literacy, and social-emotional development. She first got involved with the Center for Civic Engagement and Jumpstart as an undergraduate. Rabeya graduated from Northwestern's School of Education & Social Policy with a concentration in Human Development & Psychological Services and a minor in French. Before returning to Northwestern, Rabeya completed an English Teaching Assistantship in the suburbs of Paris, France through the Fulbright program. She later worked as the K-12 Case Manager at Heartland Alliance's Refugee & Immigrant Community Services office, where she worked with newly arrived refugee youth and their families as they transitioned to the schooling system in the United States. Rabeya is passionate about equity in access to quality education, and is excited to have the privilege to work with preschool students, preschool teachers, community members, and Northwestern students in her role at CCE!

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Joyce Wang
Program Assistant


Joyce works as a program assistant at the CCE, helping support campus programs and managing the Center's communications and online media. Joyce first came to the Center as a student fellow during her final year at Northwestern and has since supported CCE and participated in programs in a variety of roles, most recently as an Evanston Township High School Public Interest Fellow. In that role, she worked one on one with high school students to create school wide service projects and helped develop curriculum for a year-long community development program. Joyce graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Political Science.

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