Marley Mandelaro

Assistant Director for Academic Advising & Academic Services


Marley Mandelaro serves as an Assistant Director for Academic Advising & Academic Services. She takes a relational approach to supporting Harris students from orientation to graduation. Marley is the Harris Disability Liaison and coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities. If students are new to the process and might need to access accommodations for the first time, Marley is here to connect them with the Student Disability Services office.

Marley comes to Harris from Chicago Public Schools. She practiced school-based social work at Tilton Elementary School and Wells Community Academy, providing therapeutic services for students with educational disabilities in addition to the general population. Marley served on the CPS Citywide Assessment Teams, determining eligibility for specialized services on behalf of Early Intervention recipients and students attending private schools. She assisted in launching Behavioral Health Teams across buildings. Before pursuing her license, Marley worked as a 504 Coordinator & Special Education Assistant at Chicago High School for the Arts. She is especially passionate about the intersection of disability, education, and public service.

Marley holds an A.M. degree with a clinical concentration from the Crown Family School here at UChicago, and a B.A. in theater from the University of Buffalo SUNY. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY. Marley can often be found searching the Chicagoland area for a proper bagel.