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.
Political Data Analyst
Yanning is currently getting her Master’s in Computer Science from DePaul University, and her concentration is data science. Yanning is very interested in data analysis, which has led to many research experiences, analyzing and modeling both structured and unstructured data. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago.
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.
Marvin is a third-year student at the University of Illinois- Chicago studying Political Science, Economics, and Psychology. On campus, Marvin serves as the President of the Student Advocacy Coalition, an organization that seeks to further the interests of both the University of Illinois and its students within the political sphere. He has previously interned with State Senator Michael E. Hastings.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Caitlyn is a senior at DePaul University majoring in Public Relations and Advertising with minors in Public Health and Communication & Media and will graduate in June 2018. She has been a member of the NCAA volleyball team at DePaul since August 2014. Previously she was the Marketing/PR intern at Employ Milwaukee, the workforce development board in Milwaukee overseen by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Adnan is a second-year Master’s student at Loyola University Chicago and is due to obtain a degree in Master’s in Public Policy May 2018. Adnan’s previous work experience includes working for the Economic Development Administration within the Department of Commerce, Housing and Development Analyst at BRICK-Non-Profit, as well as an immigration law clerk.
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