Nancy Esarey Ouedraogo

Hometown: Havana, IL

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Political Science

Graduate Institution and Major: Illinois State University, Politics and Government / Applied Community Development

Bio:  Nancy Esarey Ouedraogo currently serves as Statewide Specialist in Community and Economic Development for University of Illinois Extension. She delivers programming and technical assistance for organizational development, local government education, community surveys, facilitative leadership, and participatory planning. Her past experiences include database management for the University of Illinois International Services, and data analysis for the City of Bloomington using International City/County Management Association and Center for Public Safety Excellence indicators. She formerly served in the United States Peace Corps (Burkina Faso ’06-‘08) and United States AmeriCorps (2012-2013), and was awarded a membership to the United States Youth Atlantic Treaty Association, where she traveled to Denmark, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Kosovo as a US youth delegate for various governmental and institutional visits.

Relevant Professional Experience: Data Analyst, EdStar Analytics, Raleigh, NC (2005-2008), Community Outreach Agent, US Peace Corps, Burkina Faso (2006-2008), Assistant to the Director / Business Manager, American International School of Bamako, Mali (2009-2010), Coverdell Fellow, Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, Normal, IL (2011-2013), Program Liaison/Interpreter, Management Development International, ISU International Studies (2012), Management Analyst / AmeriCorps Fellow, City of Bloomington, IL (2012-2013), Data Management Specialist, University of Illinois International Student and Scholar Services (2013-2016), State Specialist, Community and Economic Development, University of Illinois Extension (2016-Present)

Research Interests: Local government performance measurement, public policy, economic development, civic engagement, democracy, decentralization, community development, poverty alleviation

Honors and Awards: Women of Distinction WINGS Award, Alice Ebel Award for Women Entering Public Service, ISU Graduate Civic Engagement Award

Professional Affiliations: Illinois American Planning Association – member, Community Development Society – member, Illinois Association for Community Development Extension Professionals – President

Volunteer Activities: City of Urbana Plan Commissioner (2018 – Present), City of Urbana MOR Development District Board member (2018 – Present), City of Urbana Design Review Board member (2018 – Present)