SB Friedman Development Advisors
CUPPA Advisory Council
Steve brings more than 40 years of experience in real estate and development advisory services. He leads SB Friedman in providing a broad range of services from visioning and feasibility analysis to financing, strategy and implementation. Steve works closely with public, private and institutional clients to formulate innovative public-private partnerships and development strategies, and advises on the use of financing tools for a wide range of projects. Steve has also been recognized as a thought leader and active participant in civic, professional and educational organizations. He is a Counselor of Real Estate, a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he has served in District Council and national leadership positions. He recently served as primary editor of the ULI publication “Successful Public Private Partnerships: From Principles to Practices,” and authored sections along with other Council members. Steve is a director of The Civic Federation and of Family Focus, and is on the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Board of Visitors. In 2013, he received the James Felt Creative Counseling Award of the Counselors of Real Estate for his development advisory role on The Shops and Residences of Uptown Park Ridge project. Steve is a Series-50 Qualified Municipal Advisor Representative. He holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts from Goddard College in Vermont.
Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement
Urban Planning and Public Affairs
About the Member
Amanda E. Lewis
Distinguished Professor of Black Studies and Sociology
Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Amanda E. Lewis is the Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and on how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life.
She is the author of several award-winning books including, with co-author John Diamond, Despite the Best Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the color-line in classrooms and communities (Rutgers University Press 2003). Her research has appeared in a number of academic venues including Sociological Theory, American Educational Research Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Educational Researcher, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Urban Education and The Du Bois Review. She has received numerous grants and awards including from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Field Foundation, Fry Foundation, and the American Sociological Association. As Director of IRRPP, she has co-authored a number of reports as part of the State of Racial Justice in Chicago project chronicling the experiences and conditions of racial/ethnic groups in the city. Dr. Lewis lectures and consults regularly on issues of racial and educational equity and contemporary forms of racism.
Head and Professor
Urban Planning and Policy
Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Nik Theodore is Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, as well as the Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development. He currently is the Interventions editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Prior to joining UIC he was a researcher for the Chicago Urban League.