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
lmorrisn@illinois.edu

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

EDUCATION

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

SKILLS

  • 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

WORK HISTORY

Sustainable Community Development Specialist, Community and Economic Development, ACES Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois 
2018-present

Assistant Director, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and the Illinois Water REsources Center (IWRC), ACES Extension and Outreach, University of Illinois
2009-2018

Program Coordinator, Environmental Council, IISG, and IWRC, University of Illinois
2004-2009

Program SpEcialist, Environmental Council, IISG, And IWRC, University of Illinois
2000-2004

Executive Director, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois
1996-2000

 



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