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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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.




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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.

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.




ClareHeadshot002Clare Fisher 
Research & Policy Analyst
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Clare joined ICPR in May 2017 having previously interned for Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University. Her undergraduate thesis titled “Gridlock in Congress: How Can We Give Gun Control the Green Light?” is published in the Virginia Undergraduate Law Review Spring 2017 Journal.





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Media & Communications Coordinator
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Gillian joined ICPR in June of 2017 while pursuing law studies at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Gillian previously interned for Kentucky State Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign for governor. As Project Manager for the campaign, she engaged and educated community members on the importance of voting and participation in the political process.





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Research & Policy Analyst
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Ben is a rising 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.



Halle Friedman

Research & Policy Analyst
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Halle joined ICPR in June 2017 as a rising second year at the University of Chicago. She plans to major in Political Science while also studying Linguistics and Philosophy. She is on the PR & Branding Board of European Horizons, an international think-tank that promotes European unity and communication between American and European students. Halle previously interned at Connelly, McLaughlin & Woloz, a public affairs firm in New York City.   


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