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
Senior Manager of Development

Chris Jelkes
Development Associate
Special Projects Coordinator


Media inquiries, call (773) 906-3419

Vanessa Álvarez
Director of Communications

Claire Sloss
Associate Director of Communications and Marketing

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

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
Manager of Research and Outreach

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
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)

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