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Jacqueline Samuel


Director of Master of Public Administration Program and Assistant Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

Foundations of Public Administration

Urban Community Development

Gender in the Public Sector

Public Policy Analysis

Community Organizing

Seminar in Program Evaluation

Leadership Public and Non-Profit Organizations

Social Inequality and Social Change

Public Policy and Administration Seminar

Areas of Expertise:

  • Urban Management
  • Community Development
  • Policymaking
  • Project Management
  • Community Psychology


Jacqueline Samuel Ph.D. is the Program Director of the Master of Public Administration and Assistant Professor. Jacqueline is actually returning to NLU as she earned her MA in Public Policy and Ph.D. in Community Psychology.  Previously Jacqueline served as the Project Manager for the Housing Authority of Cook County, South Suburban Safe and Thriving Communities Program to address youth violence in 3 suburban townships. She also facilitated and developed quality of life programs for 10 years in the South Chicago Area.  She has served on the Health and Healing committee/ Mayor’s Commission for a Safer Chicago, The Mayor’s Kitchen Cabinet Commercial Development Advisory, Advocate Trinity Hospital Community Health Council, Community Advisory Review Council for the Institute for Translational Medicine (CARC) and the Illinois ACE’s Response Collaborative.  Her dissertation was about community engagement titled, “Advancing the Block Club Model as a Violence Reduction Strategy”.  She was also a Co-Investigator for Community Academic Collaboration to Prevent Violence in Chicago Research for Lurie Children’s Hospital Strengthening Chicago’s Youth.  Her most recent awards include National Louis University REACH Award, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Courage Award, and the Chicago Police Department CAPS Award for the 4th District area.  Jackie was born and raised in Chicago. She has a love for the arts and has performed in numerous plays and films based in Chicago.


  • Ph.D. Community Psychology (2015), National Louis University
  • MA, Public Policy (2011), National Louis University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Theater (1983), University of Illinois
  • Chicago Business District Leadership Program (2015) Local Initiative Support Corporation/Chicago
  • New Communities Program/LISC/Chicago Project Management Certification (2008) Loyola University

Research and Interests:


Samuel, J. (2017- In Development) Critical insights in a Decolonizing Community Psychology, Racial Justice in Praxis Group

Samuel, J. (2017- Contributing and in development) Bridging Community Development and Community Organizing: Addressing Social Issues through a Frame of Childhood Trauma and Resilience to Create Transformational Change in Two Community Settings by Suzette Fromm Reed, PhD and Judith Kent, PhD National Louis University   

Samuel, J. (2012), Healthy Chicago Public Health Agenda: Policy Recommendations, Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago (Contributing)

Samuel, J. (2012), Public Safety in Numbers  LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development,

Samuel, J. (2011), Using the Arts to Strengthen Neighborhoods,  LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development,

Samuel, J. (2006), Achieving Through the Arts: Curriculum Guide, Office of Language and Cultural Education, Bureau of Cultural Arts, (Consultant)

Samuel, J. (2006), The Arts: Keystones to Learning, Office of Language and Cultural Education, Bureau of Cultural Arts (Consultant)

Samuel, J. (1999), Renaissance in the Classroom Edited by Gail Burnaford, Arnold Aprill, Cynthia Weiss (Contributing)

Samuel, J. (1997), Teachers Doing Research (Second Edition), Edited by Gail Burnaford, Joseph Fischer, and David Hobson (Contributing)


Conferences, Presentations and Invited Panels:

2018 Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences
Hosted by School District 215 Lansing, Illinois
Facilitator: Jacqueline Samuel, National Louis University

2018 Using Research and Data to Prevent Violence
Hosted by Strengthening Chicago’s Youth (SCY)/Lurie Children’s Hospital
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Housing Authority of Cook County, Megan Alderden, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Katie Buitrago, Heartland Alliance, Maryann Mason, Illinois Violent Death Reporting System

2017 Community Connections: Pathways to Safety, Healing and Wellness, 
Hosted by The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative Conference
Co-Chair Organizers: Jacqueline Samuel and Lina Cramer
Sponsored by Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Housing Authority of Cook County.

2017 TRAUMA CONFERENCE 2017: The Trauma of Mis- & Missed Education
Hosted by I AM ABLE Center for Family Development, Inc. and TR4IM Partners
Dismantling the Crippling Effects of Aging Workshop Facilitator: Jacqueline Samuel

2016 Peace through Place-making,
Hosted by Strengthening Chicago’s Youth(SCY)/Lurie Children’s Hospital
Co-facilitators: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, Chris Brown, LISC/Chicago, Rob Castaneda, Beyond The Ball, Bill Curry, Breakthrough Urban Ministries 

2016 Community Development as Violence Prevention, 
Strengthening Chicago’s Youth(SCY)/Lurie Children’s Hospital   
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, City Treasurer Kurt Summers, Mary Ellen Messner/DFSS City of Chicago, Mike Tomas/Garfield Park Community Council, Sodiqa Williams/Safer Foundation        

2016 Community Responses to Violence,
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Education Summit
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, Maggie Litgen, Illinois Ace’s Response Collaborative, Jadine Chou, CPS Safe Passage Program

2016 Community Engaged Research: Principles and Practices, a Perspective from the Field Health Equity and Injury Prevention Summit: The Missing Thread, 
Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance 
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, Rebecca Levin/Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Maryann Mason/Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

2015 A Lifespan Approach to Community Psychology, 
Hosted by 15th SCRA Biennial Conference, Lowell MA
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Suzette Fromm-Reed, Jessica Norman, Judith Kent, Regina Lee, Gloria Mullons, Andrew Hostetler.

2014 Organizing and Engagement Techniques,
Hosted by Local Initiative Support Corporation/ Chicago (LISC)
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, Imelda Salazar, Southwest Organizing Project, Desmond Drummer, Teamwork Englewood

2014 Make Big Plans Aim High in Hope and Work University Club,
Hosted by LISC/Chicago 
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, Martin Nesbit, Vistria Group & Chair of the Obama Library, Kurt Summers, Grosvenor Capital Management & Co-Chair of Lucas Museum.

2012 Connecting to Regional Markets Federal Reserve Bank,
Hosted by LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development
Co-Panelist: Jacqueline Samuel, Claretian Associates, David Baum, Baum Realty Green Exchange; Gloria Castillo, Chicago United, Moderator: Eileen Figel, Institute of Comprehensive Community Development.

Contact Information:

Phone: (312) 261-3155

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