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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

Media inquiries, call (773) 906-3403


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


Jayme Robinson

Community Organizer (VISTA)

Speakers Bureau


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


Roberto Martinez

Intake Specialist

Legal aid inquiries, call (800) 940-1119


Monica Mahan

Social Worker


Support Staff

Gloria Davis, Reception

Aurora Lares, Maintenance

Ali Simmons, Street Outreach


FY17 Interns

Yessica Garcia Alvarez, Reentry Project (Northeastern Illinois University)

Amanda Bogle, Law Project (Loyola University Chicago School of Law)

Thomas Brown, Policy (University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration)

Anne Campanella, Development (University of Chicago)

Angela Curry, Law (Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Scholar, The John Marshall Law School)

Nicole Grigaunas, Policy (Northeastern Illinois University)

Emmie Kearns, Statewide Network (Aurora University)

Yasmeen Khayr, Organizing (Loyola University Chicago)

Lizette Rivera, Organizing (Northeastern Illinois University)

Gisel Romero, Organizing (Loyola University Chicago)