Douglas Schenkelberg
Executive Director

Thelma Morales
Administrative Director

Sherry Johnson
Office Manager/ IT Coordinator

Chris Jelkes
Special Project Coordinator

Gloria Davis
Administrative Support & Census 2020 Project Manager


Media inquiries, call (773) 906-3419

Michael Nameche
Director of Development

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
Senior Community Organizer – Lead Organizer, Bring Chicago Home

Alyssa Rodriguez
Community Organizer – School, Youth, and Latinx Communities

Bisma Shoukat
Community Organizer – Reentry

Claudia Cabrera
Special Projects Organizer – Speakers Bureau & Horizons

Brandon Marks
Fair Tax State Organizer – State Network

Advocacy and Public Policy

Julie Dworkin
Director of Policy

Niya K. Kelly
Director of State Legislative Policy, Equity and Transformation

Mary Tarullo
Associate Director of Policy and Strategic Campaigns

Samuel Carlson
Research and Outreach Manager

Destiny Carter
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

Diane O’Connell
Community Lawyer

Arturo Hernandez
Staff Attorney

Mary Frances Charlton
Youth Health Attorney

Alyssa Phillips 
Education Attorney

Ali Simmons
Outreach and Case Worker

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


Celine Chong
Policy (AM Candidate, School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago)

Zareen Kamal
Law (AM Candidate, School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago)

David Mendieta
Policy (BA Candidate, University of Chicago)

Tamiko Russell
Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Intern
Law (JD Candidate, UIC John Marshall Law School)

Emmy Smith
Public Policy (MSW Candidate, Loyola University Chicago)

LaConnda Smith
Community Organizing (BA Candidate, Northeastern Illinois University)

Gesenia Viviescas
Law (MSW Candidate, DePaul University)