Dr. Teresa Cordova

Teresa Cordova, PhD

Dr. Teresa Cordova

Director, UIC's Great Cities Institute


Teresa Córdova is the newly appointed Director of UIC’s Great Cities Institute.  She is also Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA).  Dr. Córdova is a former elected official on the Bernalillo County (New Mexico) Board of Commissioners.  While a County Commissioner, she served on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority; The Metropolitan Transportation Board; and was Chair of The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Government Commission. While Commissioner, she brought needed infrastructure projects and improvements, economic development, amenities such as open space and parks, a medical clinic, youth facilities and various services to her district. She also initiated several long range planning projects.

Professor Córdova received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Before her appointment as the third permanent Great Cities Director (following Wim Wiewel and David Perry), she was Chair and Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico (UNM).  She is founder and former Director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning in the College of Architecture and Planning at UNM.   

She was a National Research Council Fellow and has received multiple recognitions for her role in developing a small business incubator and commercial kitchen. She has sat on numerous national and local boards and steering committees of community development corporations, planning organizations, policy groups, and campus committees.  

Professor Córdova is currently President of the Board of Directors of The Praxis Project, a national, nonprofit organization that provides research, technical assistance and financial support to tackle issues impacting the well being of communities. 

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