Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), Northern Illinois University
Tracy Rogers-Tryba, MsEd, 2015-2016 Kettering Fellow, joined the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University in April 2007 as a Research Associate in the areas of economic and community development and association management. Her work focuses on program development, applied research and policy studies in international adult education, early entrepreneurial education, strategic planning, work-based learning, and P-20 initiatives focused on leadership and community action. Her most recent projects include her role as a Co-Investigator on the development of an international model for creating an entrepreneurial mind-set in unemployed youth to support economic and community development-currently piloted in South Africa and in development for Kenya; a participatory model for identifying community issues via the use of photography and community discourse; engagement in the university’s broadband initiatives; project coordinator for the university’s first national hackathon, engagement and training in public discourse and dialogue, as well as facilitating strategic planning work for governmental and nonprofit entities. She also serves as the Program Director for the Civic Leadership Academy, providing and coordinating a certificate program for continuing professional development opportunities for leaders in local government and nonprofits.
Ms. Rogers-Tryba has spent over ten year’s working with the National Security Agency, and U.S. State Department as an intelligence analyst and linguist while stationed in Malawi and Brazil. Ms. Rogers-Tryba sits on the board of directors of the Diversity Committee, American Field Service (AFS) exchange programs; Safe Passage, Treasurer; Gamma Zeta of Sigma Kappa Housing Corporation Board; and is a former president and still active member of the Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties, Inc. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in adult education and community development, focusing on women.
Ms. Rogers-Tryba consults on an independent basis for the Center for Governmental Studies and is pleased to work with Boards engaged in transition, change management, cultural shifts, and program development. Her work is often interactive, preferring to use new tools and methodologies for engagement by participant stakeholder.