A team of dedicated professionals, whose goal is to facilitate meaningful and resourceful alumni programs that attract, engage, develop and connect Northeastern alumni, leads the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Alumni Center offers parking spots designated for alumni, an alumni library, computers and free Wi-Fi access. Visit us at the Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Center located in Building I, east of Parking Lot D, near the 3701 West Bryn Mawr Avenue entrance. The Office of Alumni Relations hours of operation are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Alumni Center is closed on Wednesdays, with staff working remotely.  

(773) 442-4205
Damaris Tapia
Office of Alumni Relations
Signature alumni events including NEIU Weekend and the Golden Gala, NEIU Alumni Advisory Board, and alumni advocacy initiatives.

Northeastern Illinois University, M.A. 2014; B.A. 2001 (Communication, Media and Theatre)


Damaris is an alumna of Northeastern Illinois University, earning a degree in Speech and Performing Arts in 2001. She has more than ten years experience as an alumni relations professional serving both private and public universities in Chicago. As a proud alumna, her goal is to help foster a strong relationship and connection to Northeastern, offer valuable alumni resources that provide personal and professional development and facilitate alumni/student mentoring relationships.

Alumni Center (Building I)
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M-F 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
David Diaz
Associate Director
Office of Alumni Relations
Manages the NEIUAA membership program (including new member recruitment and renewal efforts); oversees the biannual alumni appeals; coordinates online alumni giving initiatives (membership drives); manages membership events (such as the Lifetime Member Gathering)

Master of Public Policy (MPP), University of Illinois at Chicago, ongoing

M.A., Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2018

B.A., Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2016


David is a proud double alumnus of Northeastern Illinois University, where he earned both degrees in the field of political science. He has more than five years of professional experience in local public service and higher education. Throughout that time, he has had to cultivate and maintain effective working relationships with a number of stakeholders to achieve organizational and departmental goals. He looks forward to bolstering alumni member experiences, and helping to produce event and programming initiatives that the University community finds enjoyable and timely.

Office Hours
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday