Sarah headshotSarah Brune
Executive Director
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Sarah joined the ICPR team in January of 2015 after serving as the Associate Director for the Uptown Chamber of Commerce on Chicago’s north side, where she worked on community organizing and economic development. During her time as ICPR’s Deputy Director, Sarah was integral in the development and passage of SB 248, a bill to increase disclosure for campaign spending in Illinois. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Communication from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, with an undergraduate thesis on Women, Politics, and Government.


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Louisa Manske
Associate Director
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Louisa joined ICPR in February of 2017 having spent several years working in the non-profit sector. Louisa has provided program leadership and advocacy at homeless service agencies throughout Chicago, including Inspiration Corporation, Broadway Youth Center and Sarah’s Circle. Louisa holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History and American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.


Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 10.37.40 AMColin Williams
Political Data Director
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Colin joined the ICPR team in February 2017 while completing B.S and M.S degrees in Mathematics at Loyola University Chicago. He served as a District Office Intern for Congresswoman Jan Schakowksy, where he regularly helped constituents with federal government issues. Prior to joining the ICPR, Colin conducted a research project entitled “A Game Theoretic Analysis of Abstention in Voting Games” as a Provost Fellow at Loyola University.




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Senior Advisor and Board Treasurer
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David Melton was elected to the Board of Directors in May of 2013 and resigned that position in July to assume the duties of Executive Director. In January of 2016, he resumed his position on the Board as Treasurer and Senior Advisor to the organization. Melton was an attorney in private practice, most recently with Mayer Brown and Foley & Lardner, with extensive experience in intellectual property matters. Melton was part of the pro bono team of attorneys that sued the State of Illinois to compel compliance with federal statutes requiring “Motor Voter” registration. A former Board member (including a term as President of the Board) of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, Melton has devoted significant time and expertise to improving judicial selection and protecting civil liberties.


s-birchlerSara Birchler
Policy & Communications Coordinator
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Sara is a current Senior at DePaul University, majoring in Public Policy with minors in Data Mining and Women’s & Gender Studies. Sara’s passion for women’s rights were cultivated through her experience interning for the Center for American Progress and the National Organization for Women – DuPage Chapter, where she focused her work on women’s access to healthcare. Sara also worked as Press Intern for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and has been published by the Center for American Progress and TalkPoverty.




emilyEmily Melbye
Policy & Communications Coordinator
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Emily is a Sophomore at DePaul University double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. Emily is extremely involved in local politics, and volunteers at schools and homeless shelters to educate different groups on the importance of civic engagement and political participation. Emily is fluent in Spanish, and utilizes her language skills regularly as an ESL tutor for Heartland Alliance. She previously interned at the office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and P2 Consulting.



jessica-ditmarsJessica Ditmars
Research & Data Analyst
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Jessica began her work with ICPR in January 2017 while pursuing a B.S. in Mathematics & Statistics from DePaul University. Jessica previously worked at La Casa Norte, where she applied her skills in data analysis and coding toward La Casa Norte’s mission of addressing homelessness in Chicago. In her spare time, Jessica works as a mathematics tutor for Upward Bound, an organization that supports students of disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a post-secondary degree.



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Research & Data Analyst
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Doziem began his work with ICPR during January of 2017 while pursuing his Bachelor’s in Economics from DePaul University. Doziem previously interned in the 43rd Ward Office of Alderman Michele Smith, where he gained an interest in local government and its internal processes. In conjunction to his growing interest in local government, Doziem gained a distinctive interest in data analytics and its practical applications. One major instance that has shaped this growing interest is an econometric project he co-authored with his colleagues at DePaul, entitled “An Analysis of Gender Differences within Child Labor in Ethiopia, its Impacts on Schooling, and its Association with Family Wealth.”


annAnn Gardiner
Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Ann is a current Senior at DePaul University majoring in Communications with a concentration on Public Relations and minor in International Policies. Ann has a passion for media relations and crisis communication, which she applied to previous internships at Heron PR and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Ann in also interested in government, and expanded her knowledge of Illinois politics while interning for the Illinois Senate Democrats Victory Fund and the Illinois Opportunity Project.









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