Douglas Schenkelberg
Executive Director

Thelma Morales
Administrative Director

Sherry Johnson
Office Manager/ Technology Coordinator

Chris Jelkes
Special Project Coordinator


Michael Nameche
Director of Development

Anne Bowhay
Director, Foundation Relations and Media
Media inquiries, call (773) 906-3403

Claire Sloss
Associate Director of Development and Marketing

Erin Sindewald
Development Manager

Community Organizing

Wayne Richard
Director of Organizing

Jim Picchetti
Associate Director of Organizing
State Network Coordinator

Nick Jefferson
Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns

Keith Freeman
Community Organizer – Families & Single Adults

Bisma Shoukat
Community Organizer – Reentry

Ali Simmons
Community Organizer – Street Outreach

Alyssa Rodriguez
Community Organizer – School and Latinx communities

Veronica Cullinan-Burnison
Speakers Bureau VISTA Organizer

Advocacy and Public Policy

Julie Dworkin
Director of Policy

Niya K. Kelly
State Legislative Director

Mary Tarullo
Associate Director of Policy and Strategy

Mercedes González
Policy Specialist

The Law Project

Patricia Nix-Hodes
Director of the Law Project

Beth Cunningham Malik
Associate Director of the Law Project
Youth Futures Lead Attorney

Lawrence Wagner
Senior Attorney

Diane O’Connell
Community Lawyer

Tanya Gassenheimer
Youth Future Health Attorney

Alyssa Phillips 
Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by AbbVie and Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Christy Joyce L. Savellano
Intake Specialist 
Legal aid inquiries, call (800) 940-1119

Monica Mahan
Social Worker

Support Staff

Gloria Davis
Office Support

Fall Interns

Joshua Bird-Martinez
Policy (Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago)

Claudia Cabrera
Organizing (Dominican University, Graduate School of Social Work)

Molly Fitch
Policy (School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago)

Julie Miller
Organizing (Adler University)

Lauren Poulsen
Development (University of Chicago)

Jennifer Rotter
Development (University of Chicago)