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.
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.
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