Government and Public Policy

Interested in public service? Come learn from UChicago's best and brightest serving in local, state, and federal government. The government panel and roundtables feature alumni making a real impact -- from those who advise legislators on Capitol Hill, to those who assess the effectiveness of city programs, to those who protect our country through national security efforts. Hear from successful College alumni working in government and policy-making organizations to learn how you too can launch a career in the service of others.

Panel Participants

Paula Wolff, PhD'72, AM'69, BA Smith College, '67; MA'69 and PhD'72 UofC

Director, Illinois Justice Project

Ms. Wolff is director of Illinois Justice Project, an organization implementing policy initiatives/programs to improve the justice system by addressing issues of criminal sentencing, violence, incarceration and rehabilitation. She served between 1992-2000 as president of Governors State University. From 1977 to 1991, Wolff served as director of policy and planning for Governor James R. Thompson. In 1990-1991, she directed Governor Jim Edgar's Transition Team. She was also a visiting fellow at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in political science. Ms. Wolff serves on numerous boards including chair, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority; chair, City Colleges of Chicago; Joyce Foundation; Ariel Investments; Metropolitan Planning Council; UChicago Medical Center; and UChicago Board of Trustees. She is married to Wayne W. Whalen, a lawyer, and has five children.