Annie McGowan joined the Civic Federation as a Senior Research Associate in June 2016, working on annual local government budget analyses and special research projects. Beginning in September 2019, Annie moved into a new role at the Civic Federation focusing on criminal justice research and policy. In this capacity Annie specializes in public safety and criminal justice issues within the City of Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois, while also contributing to the Civic Federation’s core government finance and tax policy research with a primary focus on Chicago Public Schools and Cook County.
Annie earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago in December 2015. While pursuing her degree, Annie worked at the Illinois Department of Public Health within the agency’s HIV/AIDS surveillance program and at Illinois Partners for Human Service, a statewide policy advocacy organization.
Annie’s interest in government and public policy began with work in social services. Annie’s previous experience includes working as a legal assistant through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Brooklyn, NY and at The Hope Institute for Children and Families, a nonprofit serving children with developmental disabilities. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Urban Affairs and Spanish from Marquette University.