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Staff Members


Edward Shurna

Executive Director


Jim Field

Associate Executive Director &

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

Senior Community Organizer

Horizons creative writing outreach


Dollie Brewer

Senior Community Organizer

Women’s Empowerment Project


Rachel Leonor Ramirez

Community Organizer

Reentry Project & Latino organizing


Jim Picchetti

Senior Community Organizer

Statewide Network & Jobs Project


Dasia Skinner

On Maternity Leave

Community Organizer (VISTA)

Education Committee & Youth


Jayme Robinson

Interim Community Organizer

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 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

Equal Justice Works Fellow – Youth Health Initiative


Diane O’Connell

Staff Attorney


Ali Heinen

Case Intake Coordinator


Monica Mahan

Social Worker


Support Staff

Gloria Davis, Reception

Aurora Lares, Maintenance


Fall Interns

Yaneth Aguilar, Latino Homelessness/Reentry Organizing (St. Augustine College)

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

Victoria (Tori) Dempsey, Law (Loyola University Chicago School of Law)

Christina Jacobson – Public Interest Law Initiative (Schiff Hardin LLP)

Su-Mai Lin, Development (University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration)

Saul Perez, Organizing (Northeastern Illinois University)

Christy Joyce Savellano, Statewide Network (Aurora University)

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

Everlyne Stephens, Law (The John Marshall Law School, Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Intern)

Sheree White, Organizing (Dominican University – Graduate School of Social Work)