Working Group Member
Dean, College of Business and William G. Karnes Professor of Finance
Jeffrey Brown is a member of IGPA's working group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. He also is dean of the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a nationally known expert on retirement policy. He serves as associate director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Retirement Research Center. Brown's research focuses on public and private insurance markets, pensions and retirement savings plans. He once served as a senior economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Robert C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business
Jon Davis served as interim director of IGPA from August 2017 until January 2020. Prior to joining the institute, Davis served as head of the nationally acclaimed Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2012-2017 and continues to hold the Robert C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business as a professor of accountancy. He is a CPA and he worked at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in tax before pursuing his Ph.D. Degree at University of Arizona.
Joshua Drucker is part of the IGPA working group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. He is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Department in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests center around processes of regional economic development and transformation.
Richard Funderburg is a member of the Fiscal Health of Illinois working group. He is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. Funderburg’s research centers on the ability and limitations of state and local economic development policy to entice private businesses to locate, start up, or expand within the region and the fiscal and budget consequences of public efforts.
Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program
Catherine Main is a member of the Education and Learning working group. She is a senior lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her clinical and research interests focus on developing early childhood educators to serve in under-resourced, urban environments.
Benjamin M. Superfine is a member of the working group on Education and Learning, and is a professor in the College of Education at UIC, where his research interests center on education law and policy.
Professor and Faculty Fellow, Great Cities Institute
Rachel Weber is a member of the working group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. She is a professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducts research in economic development, real estate, and public finance. She has expertise in the areas of urban and regional economic development, public finance, municipal government law, planning theory, andreal estate. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of changes in capital markets on urban economies and the built environment.
J. Fred Giertz is part of the Working Group on the Fiscal Health of Illinois. He a professor emeritus in the Department of Economics at Urbana-Champaign and is the author of the University of Illinois Flash Index, a monthly indicator of the condition of the state’s economy. Giertz has served as interim director of IGPA twice since joining the institute’s faculty in 1980.
Geoffrey J.D. Hewings is a member of the Fiscal and Economic Policy working group. His major research efforts are directed toward modeling of urban, regional and interregional economic systems. Much of this work is based on a set of econometric-input-output models that have been developed for several metropolitan areas and states in the United States as well as several regions in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Japan. Professor Hewings is the founder and director emeritus of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.