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Jason Michnick

Research Assistant, Government Finance Research Center

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Public Policy, Management, and Analytics


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CUPPA Hall, Room 324


412 S. Peoria Street

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Jason Michnick CV


Jason Michnick is a Doctoral Candidate of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) with professional experience in local economic development and nonprofit management. His research interests are in the intersection of budgeting, financial management, and public service networks. He received the 2022 Award for Best Teaching Simulation from Syracuse University's Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration for his work on Regional Collaboration in Drinking Water Systems. As a research assistant at UIC's Government Finance Research Center, he led the work to understand the drinking water landscape in northeastern Illinois, including the rate setting process and diverse forms of intergovernmental coordination. This fall, he presented his work on Supply Chains, Influence, & the Cost of Water in the Lake Michigan Drinking Water Network, at the Association for Budget & Financial Management Annual Conference.

Selected Publications

Carroll, D.A,, Albrecht, K., Medwid, L., Khalaf C., Michnick, J., Huang D., Wetmore, B., & Li. J (2023). Water rate setting in the Lake Michigan service area. Chicago, IL: Government Finance Research Center. 1-176. Prepared for the Illinois General Assembly.

Michnick, J., Albrecht, K., Carroll, D., Kass, A., & Wetmore, B. (2022). Networked Supply Chains: Describing the costs of Lake Michigan Drinking Water. Illinois Municipal Policy Journal, 7(1), 29–48.

Albrecht, K., & Michnick, J. (2022). Water For You and Me, or Water For Us? Regional Collaboration in Drinking Water Systems. Awarded Best Teaching Simulation by the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse University.

Carroll, D.A., Michnick, J., & Diaz, D. (2022). Joint Powers Authority/Agency Feasibility Study. Government Finance Research Center. 1-15.

Carroll, D.A., Kass, A., Michnick, J., & Wetmore, B. (2022). Research Primer: Water Rate Setting in Illinois. Government Finance Research Center. 1-13.

Notable Honors

2022, Award for Best Teaching Simulation, The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Syracuse University


University of Illinois Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
Dissertation: “Collaborative Governance and the Public Purse: Public Financial Management in the Network Context”
Committee: Dr. Deborah A. Carroll (Chair), Dr. Kate Albrecht, Dr. Kelly LeRoux, Dr. Justin Marlowe, Dr. Michael Siciliano

Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, Illinois
Master of Public Administration | May 2017
Bachelor of Arts in Economics | May 2014