About Community Engagement

We support a campus culture that encourages meaningful partnerships with community residents and stakeholders to understand their needs and priorities, guide our research, foster inclusive education and advance equitable access to cutting-edge clinical care in ways that serve to maximize the health and well-being of all people of Chicago, the state of Illinois and beyond.

Community Engagement Coordination Council

Members of the council include:

  • Ronald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH; Senior Associate Dean for Public Health (Chair)
  • Lisa Azu-Popow; Program Manager at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Posh M. Charles; Vice President of Community Affairs; Northwestern Medicine
  • Rich D’Aquila, MD; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research
  • Mary Kate Daly, MBA; Executive Director, Healthy Communities, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Mita Goel, MD, MPH; Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
  • Marianne Green, MD, FACP; Vice Dean for Education
  • Ann Hall; Vice President Administration at Northwestern Medicine
  • Keith Herzog, MPPA, PMP; Administrative Director for Clinical & Translational Research
  • S. Darius Tandon, PhD; Director, Center for Community Health
  • Jennifer Kunde; Northwestern Government Relations
  • Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM; Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
  • Cheryl N. Mensah; Feinberg Student Senate Community Engagement Chair
  • Nicole Mladic; Executive Director of Feinberg Communication
  • Mandee Polonski; Program Director, Community Affairs at Northwestern Medicine
  • Grisel Robles-Schrader, MPA; Community Engagement Director, Lecturer for Program in Public Health, Center for Education in Health Sciences
  • Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH; Associate Chair for Advocacy, Department of Pediatrics
  • Osama Siddique; Student Senate Executive Board
  • Melissa Simon, MD, MPH; Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation
  • Shehara Waas; Community Co-Director for Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities
  • Clyde W. Yancy, MD; Vice Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

Government Relations

The government relations teams of the University and Feinberg's clinical affiliates work closely with community leaders to advocate for legislation, funding, regulations and programs that put our patients' needs first. 


Beyond Feinberg

Find out more about the many ways Northwestern University is working to build stronger communities in both Evanston and Chicago through the university’s Community Relations page.

We know that caring for our communities means not only thinking locally, but globally as well. Visit the university’s Global and Civic Engagement page to find out more about our focus on international study and our many faculty collaborations around the world.