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2-130 Rebecca Crown Center
633 Clark Street
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Phone: 847.491.7456
Fax: 847.467.3104
E-mail: nu-president@northwestern.edu

Please e-mail or phone Judi Remington or Geneva Danko for scheduling inquiries (see contact information below).

President's Office Staff

Name Title Phone Email
Judith Remington
Chief of Staff and Senior Director, Office of the President 847.491.8413 j-remington@northwestern.edu
Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr Assistant to the President 847.491.5255 eyljr@northwestern.edu
Lisa J. Anderson  Senior Coordinator of Special Projects 847.467.5997 lisa.anderson@northwestern.edu
Nancy Cunniff Director, One Book One Northwestern 847.467.2294 n-cunniff@northwestern.edu
Geneva Danko Assistant Director 847.491.7461 g-danko@northwestern.edu
Katie Martin Administrative Assistant 847.491.7457 k-martin@northwestern.edu
Madeline Oklesen Receptionist and Administrative Assistant 847.491.8409 madeline.oklesen@northwestern.edu
Paula Peterson Administrative Assistant 847.491.8480 paula.peterson@northwestern.edu
Johanna Sheu Administrative Assistant 847.491.7556 j-fei@northwestern.edu

Meet the Staff

Judith Remington

Judith Remington

Chief of Staff and Senior Director, Office of the President

Email: j-remington@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.491.8413

Judith Remington, in her current role as director and assistant to the president, has operational responsibilities and manages the staff of the President’s Office. While managing daily processes in the office, which include event, travel and financial oversight, she also strategically plans ahead and responds to matters that arise on an ad hoc basis.  She serves as a member of President Schapiro’s Senior Staff and liaises with various constituents including but not limited to University students, parents, faculty, staff and community members.  Judith provides the framework and structure to assure that the president has background materials to prepare for his meetings in a productive and effective manner and prioritizes the many demands on the president’s calendar to accommodate requests as appropriate. She is in close communication with the President’s Senior Staff in order to maintain an understanding of the University’s strategic direction and to assist in guiding processes as necessary.

Judith joined Northwestern in 1993 as assistant to the dean of academic affairs, Mark Satterthwaite, at the Kellogg School of Management, and was soon promoted to academic affairs coordinator. Henry Bienen, the 15th president of Northwestern University, recruited her to join the Office of the President in 1995.

She earned a BS from Loyola University, double majoring in psychology and Spanish. She also obtained an MBA from Loyola University and an MS in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr

Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr

Assistant to the President

Email: eyljr@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.491.5255

Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr. has served as assistant to the president of Northwestern University since 1999. He joined the senior administration of the University in 1995 as associate provost for faculty affairs. He also holds faculty appointments in the Religious Studies Department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy, where he teaches regularly in the master's program in higher education administration and policy.

As assistant to the president, he oversees University program initiatives designed to enhance community and diversity in the University, coordinates the work of the faculty committee on recreational and intercollegiate athletics, and represents the University president internally and externally. He has served as principal investigator for the Mellon postdoctoral program in the humanities since 1996, and chaired University-wide committees on the status of underrepresented minorities and integrity in intercollegiate athletics. In 2008-2009, he began serving as the coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

A historian of American religion, his writings about religion, race and American culture have appeared in a number of books and journals including the recently published "Encyclopedia of Religion in America" (CQ Press, 2010). His book, “Promise and Dilemma: Perspectives on Racial Diversity and Higher Education” (Princeton University Press, 1999) is based on work sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Externally, he represents Northwestern on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and on the Senior Diversity Officers Group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

Lisa J. Anderson

Lisa J. Anderson

Senior Coordinator of Special Projects

Email:  lisa.anderson@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.467.5997

Lisa J. Anderson (nee Blaskowski) has managed Special Projects at Northwestern University since July 2015. Her key priorities include the promotion of undergraduate mentoring in academia and research, fostering diversity in the academy, and celebrating secondary and post-secondary teaching and learning.

In the Office of the President, Anderson directs the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program and the Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award (DSTA) program. She also provides support for University commencement, honors ceremony, and the Presidential Directive on Intercollegiate Athletics, among other academic projects and initiatives. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Committee on Athletics and Recreation, the One Book One Northwestern Selection Committee, and the Association of Northwestern Women Executive Board.

Anderson received an AB in philosophy and biopsychology, cognition and neuroscience (BCN) from the University of Michigan and an MS with distinction in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern University. Her research interests include doctoral student mentorship, institutional governance and representation of women and minority students in doctoral S.T.E.M. disciplines. In 2017, Anderson was awarded an Alumnae of Northwestern University Research Grant for work advancing the Northwestern Medical Scholars (NMS) program.

Nancy M. Cunniff

Nancy M. Cunniff

Director, One Book One Northwestern

Email:  n-cunniff@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.467.2294

Nancy M. Cunniff joined Northwestern in 2010 as coordinator of One Book One Northwestern, a program aimed at engaging the campus in a common conversation centered on a carefully chosen, thought-provoking book. During her tenure she has elevated the “One Book” brand to become a signature University program involving the entire campus. Each year she develops new strategies, partnerships and programs centered on the annual theme. A hallmark of the initiative includes a humanities festival that fosters interdisciplinary conversation and community. She supervises all logistics surrounding every event including campus visits from high-profile speakers.

Cunniff also serves as a Hobart House Fellow (Women’s Residential College) and is a graduate of the first Change Makers class, a University community formed to understand social identities and apply that understanding and cultural competency to create more inclusive classrooms, departments and centers.

Nancy received her BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and has been a lifelong member of the Evanston community. She is currently a member of the Evanston Township High School Educational Foundation Board and has been an active member of the Woman’s Club of Evanston for more than 20 years, serving as President in 2002.

Geneva Danko

Geneva Danko

Assistant Director

Email: g-danko@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.491.7461

Geneva Danko joined the Office of the President in June 2011, when she transitioned from teaching to higher education administration.  In her role as Assistant Director, Geneva works closely with the Chief of Staff/Senior Director to determine and supervise daily operations of the Office of the President and the Receptionist Office for the Central Administrative offices.  Geneva centralizes University staff and faculty communications as other offices’ emerging needs require, coordinating the office’s interdepartmental relationships to provide central administration and support to various University administrative and academic units.  She helps oversee the President’s calendar and correspondence, manages the office’s resources and files, and guides intradepartmental communications, resulting in increased efficiency and collaboration.  The President and Senior Director count on Geneva for special projects and to co-manage the office's staff.

Geneva has a BA in international and area studies and Spanish language and literature from Kalamazoo College, and she earned her MS in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy in 2017.  She is dedicated to connecting program outcomes with institutional purpose and values, while building collaborative and inclusive communities among higher education administrators.

Katie Martin

Katie Martin

Administrative Assistant

Email: k-martin@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.467.3256

Katie Martin began working in the Office of the President in August 2015.  Her main duties involve coordinating the invitation process for presidential events.  She liaises with various Northwestern constituents as presidential events develop.  She also provides administrative support to the department.  A 2009 graduate of Northwestern, where she majored in English and dramatic studies, she then briefly worked in marketing and event planning in various organizations ranging from the Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ, to the Hearty Boys Caterers, in Chicago, IL. She is very happy to be working in the Office of the President and to call Northwestern home, once again.

Paula Peterson

Paula Peterson

Administrative Assistant

Email: paula.peterson@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.491.8480

Paula W. Peterson joined the Office of the President in January 2014. She provides support with financial operations such as paying invoices, generating expense reports, reconciling p-card statements and budgets and creating other reports and gathering data as needed. She also assists in travel arrangements for President Schapiro and copy-edits various documents that come through the office. Paula has a BA from Brandeis University and an MA from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Northwestern, she worked part-time for many years as a writer and teacher while raising her son. She is a native Chicagoan.