Adriann supports the business and administrative functions for all parts of the Discovery Partners Institute operations. Before joining the DPI, she served as the Assistant Director in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture, where she managed all of the unit’s fiscal and human resource processes. Adriann also supported students and programs, including developing the School’s summer programs for high school students and led the School in community partnership initiatives with a collaborative group of Chicago-area architecture and design educators organized with the Chicago Architecture Center.
Adriann is originally from northeast Oklahoma and studied printmaking and art history at the University of Tulsa. She went on to work as a teaching artist and program director with arts nonprofits and youth programs in the Tulsa area. With a growing interest in organizational leadership and program sustainability, she moved to Chicago to pursue an MBA in management at the Liautaud Graduate School of Business at UIC as part of the Liautaud Scholars program.