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.
Jamila joined the ICPR team in September 2017. She received her B.A in Communications with a minor in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. While completing her master’s degree, Jamila interned for the State of Illinois at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
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.
Senior Advisor and Board Treasurer
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.
Research & Policy Analyst
Ben is a third year at the University of Chicago double majoring in Economics and Public Policy Studies. On campus, he is involved with the University’s Institute of Politics and Friends of Washington Park Youth, an after-school tutoring program for local primary school students. He previously interned with FairVote, an electoral reform think-tank in Washington, D.C.
Events & Marketing Coordinator
Amber joined the ICPR team in August of 2017. She is in her final semester at Roosevelt University where she will earn a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. She is also an international Gilman Scholar and has spent the past five years advocating for non-profit organizations. She has a passion for marketing communications including influencer marketing and social media. Amber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.
Elizabeth is currently getting her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University, where she is focusing on data analytics. She is a former attorney who has worked as a Deputy District Attorney and as a pro bono attorney for crime victims for the Pro Bono Network. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
Community & Advocacy Events Coordinator
Moriah is a graduate student at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a Masters in Public Policy with a focus in education policy. Moriah is committed to fighting for equal access to quality education for all who seek to learn and removing barriers to success for students of color. She started a digital storytelling platform called, Things Black Bodies Do, that uses photography to shine a light on social justice issues and share positive stories of people of color. Moriah hopes to use this platform to help students see and achieve their potential through positive self-imagery.
Natalie Denby is a third year at the University of Chicago, double majoring in Public Policy Studies and Economics. She is on the leadership board of New Americans UChicago, a student-run tutoring program for the citizenship test, and writes for The Chicago Maroon.
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