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Maureen Hellwig is the Senior Director of Programs at Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, and supervises program directors in child care, adult programs, youth, and health and wellness. She is responsible for strategic program and resource development, increasing capacity in program evaluation, and the implementation of leadership and advocacy initiatives.
Past responsibilities at Erie Neighborhood House have included serving as the director of Community Economic Development where she initiated programs to provide career training for low-income adults in banking and financial services, a proposal to develop a 30 unit housing cooperative for low income working families, and wrote successful grant proposals for other special projects.
She has previously served as an adjunct instructor in the social science department at National-Louis University and has taught urban studies to master’s degree students at Loyola University. Other professional experience includes serving as the co-director of the Chicago Food System Collaborative, funded by the Kellogg Foundation, and the Industrial Retention project director for the Center for Neighborhood Technology. In 1998 Dr. Hellwig founded PRAGmatics, a journal of community-based research, and served as the editor from 1998 to 2005.
Dr. Hellwig is a member of the Urban Affairs Association, the Chicago Area Women’s History Council, has served on numerous boards of Chicago area nonprofit organizations, and has received a number of community awards including two founders awards and the Distinguished Service Award in 2005 from the Greater West Town Project.