Interim Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs
Edward H. Levi Hall, Suite 100
5801 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Joel Hamernick joined the University of Chicago in May 2022. As Interim Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs, he is responsible for overseeing the Office of Civic Engagement (OCE), the Office of Federal Relations, the Office of Business Diversity, and Commercial Real Estate Operations. In this role, Hamernick builds civic engagement partnerships with academic and administrative units, works closely with South Side and civic partners, and identifies ways for the University to advance its civic and community engagement impact.
Prior to joining the University, Joel served as executive director at Sunshine Gospel Ministries in Woodlawn for more than 20 years, developing programming to advance youth outreach and enrichment, promote service learning, and reduce violence. In that role, he also founded Sunshine Enterprises, which has supported more than 1,000 neighborhood entrepreneurs on Chicago’s South and West sides since its inception in 2012.
Hamernick’s undergraduate studies were in Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute and graduate work was in Organizational Leadership at Cairn University.