Can any one description encompass the vastly diverse field of social innovation and community change? Whether you are interested in environmental advocacy, policy research, community organizing, or immigration law, this industry is intertwined with many other sectors. This is a field dedicated to improving human and social welfare and can be achieved by engaging at any level of society: within community, private institution, or government. With extensive experience in law, consulting, administration, social services, and policy, our alumni have all taken unique paths to further social progress. Join us and discover the incredibly varied ways to pursue and build a fulfilling career in community building and social change.
Emma González Roberts, AB'14
Director of Sales, NowPow
Ms. Roberts graduated from the College in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. While at the College, she was involved with Neighborhood Schools Program, Health Leads, MAPSCorps, and Chicago Bound at the University Community Service Center. After graduating, she managed the University of Chicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP) which placed recent graduates of the College in one-year fellowships at high-impact organizations in Chicago, New York City, and D.C. She is currently the Director of Sales at NowPow, a social impact tech start up based in Chicago. NowPow, a play on knowledge is power, is a tech platform focused on addressing the social determinants of health and building strong community resource networks. Ms. Roberts plans to pursue an MBA and Master of Urban Planning in the coming years.
Monica Martinez, AB'02, MPA'08 NYU
Ms. Martinez graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with a degree in Public Policy. While in the College, she was involved with the University Community Service Center and its Neighborhood Schools Program. Ms. Martinez has over a decade of experience working in non-profits, local government, and education agencies to strengthen analytic capacity and the use of data to inform decision-making. In 2016, she co-founded EduDream, a consulting firm that partners with organizations working to ensure educational equity for racially and economically diverse students. Ms. Martinez provides strategic direction for the firm's research, practice and policy work to ensure it is grounded in addressing educational equity. She is passionate about tackling issues of equity and ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed in life and achieve their dreams. Ms. Martinez lives in Chicago and can usually be spotted running along the lakefront.