Lisa Merrifield - U of I Extension

Extension Professional Staff

Lisa Merrifield
Community and Economic Development Specialist

Lisa Merrifield

Office of Extension and Outreach
555 Bevier Hall
905 S. Goodwin Avenue MC-184
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 333-0045

Expert in: Sustainable community development, community resilience, stormwater planning


Masters in Urban Planning, University of Illinois, 1996
Emphasis on environmental planning
Thesis topic: Earthquake preparedness in Southern Illinois

BS, Environmental Science and Regional Planning, Washington State University, 1994
Magna cum laude
Emphasis on environmental chemistry
Selected Honors: Freshman Chemist, Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs Fellow, Distinguished Student for the College of Sciences, Honors Program graduate


  • Program management including visioning, seeking and securing funding, establishing teams, and coordinating implementation
  • User,  stakeholders, and funder engagement to assess needs and impacts and ensure relevance
  • Program evaluation and annual report coordination including designing and collecting metrics, and writing, editing, and submitting both narrative and performance measures
  • Conference and meeting facilitation including working with planning committees, coordinating agendas and speakers, and overseeing registration and logistics
  • Graduate and undergraduate fellowships and internships management
  • Strategic planning, needs assessment, and project implementation  with staff, project partners, and advisory committees
  • Budget and financial management, including salary and personnel planning, from state, federal, and NGO sources
  • Human resource management including hiring, plan of work preparation, and evaluation of staff; supervision of six direct reports


Sustainable Community Development Specialist, Community and Economic Development, ACES Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois 

Assistant Director, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and the Illinois Water REsources Center (IWRC), ACES Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois

Program Coordinator, Environmental Council, IISG, and IWRC, University of Illinois

Program SpEcialist, Environmental Council, IISG, And IWRC, University of Illinois

Executive Director, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois


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