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Staff Members


Douglas Schenkelberg

Executive Director


Jim Field

Associate Director and

Director of Organizing


Thelma Morales

Administrative Director


Cheryl Lenisa

Finance Manager


Sherry Johnson

Office Manager/ Technical Support



Michael Nameche

Director of Development


Anne Bowhay

Director, Foundation Relations and Media


Claire Sloss

Assistant Director, Donor Relations


Community Organizing

Hannah Willage

Associate Director of Organizing

Organizer, Speakers Bureau / Online Media


Wayne Richard

Associate Director of Organizing, Training Development

Organizer, Horizons writing outreach project


Rachel Leonor Ramirez

Senior Community Organizer

Reentry Project & Latino organizing


Jim Picchetti

Senior Community Organizer

Statewide Network


Keith Freeman

Community Organizer


Dasia Skinner

Community Organizer (VISTA)

Education Committee & Youth


Charles R. Austin

Special Projects Coordinator


Advocacy and Public Policy

Julie Dworkin

Director of Policy


Eithne McMenamin

Associate Director of Policy


Jonathan Holmes

Policy Specialist


Niya K. Kelly

Policy Specialist


The Law Project

Patricia Nix-Hodes

Director of the Law Project


Beth Cunningham Malik

Associate Director of the Law Project

Youth Futures Attorney


Laurene Heybach

Senior Counsel


Graham Bowman

Youth Futures Health Attorney


Diane O’Connell

Staff Attorney


Ali Heinen

Intake Specialist


Monica Mahan

Social Worker


Support Staff

Gloria Davis, Reception

Aurora Lares, Maintenance


Spring/Summer 2016 Interns

Katie Bart, Development (University of Chicago)

Jessica Cardott, Policy (University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration)

Tori Dempsey, Law (Loyola University Law School)

Nitya Gupta, Organizing (University of Michigan)

Alyssa Phillips, Law – Public Interest Law Initiative (The Notre Dame Law School)

Jayme Robinson, Speakers Bureau (University of Illinois-Chicago)

Adriana Scurto, Policy (University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration)