Douglas Schenkelberg
Executive Director

Thelma Morales
Administrative Director

Sherry Johnson
Associate Director of Administration and Technology

Gloria Davis
Administrative Assistant


Michael Nameche
Director of Development

Erin Sindewald
Associate Director of Development

Chris Jelkes
Development Associate
Special Projects Coordinator


Media inquiries, call (773) 906-3419

Vanessa Álvarez
Director of Communications

Karianne Canfield
Digital Communications Manager

Sue Um
Content Creator Specialist

Community Organizing

Wayne Richard
Director of Organizing

Jim Picchetti
Associate Director of Organizing
State Network Coordinator

Nick Jefferson
Associate Director of Organizing, Strategic Campaigns

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

Claudia Cabrera
Special Projects Organizer – Speakers Bureau & Horizons

Alex Shapiro
Northern Illinois Community Organizer

Lorna Bennett
Outreach Assistant/Organizer

April Harris
Outreach Assistant/Grassroots Leader

Myron Byrd
Outreach Assistant/Grassroots Leader

Nina Martinez
Reentry Organizer

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 Paler-Ponce
Manager of Research and Outreach

Sontcerá McWilliams
State Policy Coordinator

The Law Project

Patricia Nix-Hodes
Director of the Law Project

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

Arturo Hernandez
Senior Attorney

Alyssa Phillips 
Education Attorney

Camilla Krauss
Staff Attorney

Thomas Edwards
Equal Justice Works Fellow

Venus Rivera
Public Benefits Specialist

Ali Simmons
Outreach and Case Worker

Christy Joyce L. Berretta
Intake and Support Manager 
Legal aid inquiries, call (800) 940-1119


Scott Hulver
Policy (JD candidate, Loyola University School of Law)

Sana Sami
Policy (JD candidate, Loyola University School of Law)

Ayan Hassan

Melissa West-Castillo

Law (Legal Extern from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law)

Ariana “Ari” Rothman  
Law (Social Work Law Intern from University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice)

Clare Fogarty 
Law (Social Work Law Intern from University of Loyola Chicago School of Social Work

Ari Crockett 
Communications (Journalism student at Northwestern University)