As Director of UrbanMain, Dionne leads the initiative to broaden the Center’s offerings and engagement in urban neighbourhood commercial districts. Dionne has over a decade of experience in project coordination in the fields of urban economic development and commercial district revitalization.
Before joining the Center in 2016, Dionne served as Senior Program Officer for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago where she managed economic development initiatives for the Chicago office, developed and led the award winning Business District Leadership program and the nationally recognized Smart Communities demonstration. Before LISC Chicago, Dionne served as a Financial Planning Analyst for the City of Chicago’s Department of Community Development. Dionne holds a master’s degree in public administration from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dionne has served as a Faculty Advisor to the National League of Cities (NLC) as part of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship program for the City of Austin, Texas. Dionne also serves as an advisor board member to the Center of Technology in Government, University of Albany, SUNY IMLS research project “Enabling, Smart Inclusive and Connected Communities: The Role of Public Libraries” to provide strategic advice to the research team. Locally, Dionne serves in an advisory board capacity to several entities in Chicago such as the Community Law Project, and Equiticity.