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Benjamin Head

Ben Head serves Political Director for US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky in Illinois’ 9th Congressional District and Millennial Organizing Consultant for Citizen Action-IL. As a political consultant, campaign manager, and community organizer, he has managed winning issue and ...

China Dickerson

Originally from Charleston, SC, China Dickerson has almost two decades of experience working in the areas of political campaigns, community development, and the federal government. Ms. Dickerson began her career as a high school student working in ...

Gabriel Drury

Gabe is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, a premier plaintiff’s trial law firm in Illinois. In addition, Gabe is a business development consultant for the International Occupational & Environmental Consulting ...

Jaylin McClinton

Jaylin D. McClinton is the former District Manager for Illinois State Representative Juliana Stratton and now spends his time organizing communities in the non-profit arena. Jaylin is an alumnus of Saint Sabina Academy, Curie Metropolitan High School, ...

Julian Federle

Julian Federle oversees operations and strategic planning for the Legislative Affairs, Policy, and Programs Divisions for Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs. In addition to overseeing the Office’s legislative and policy priorities, Julian leads the Office’s public facing investment ...

Justin Horwitz

Justin is a social entrepreneur and political activist who grew up on the north side of Chicago. Before branching out on his own to launch a digital media startup, he served as the Political Director for State ...

Lacey Dickinson

Lacey is a social media activist with nearly a decade of experience working in non-profit communications and leadership. During the summer of 2015, Lacey co-founded the digital activist group Feminist News, a response to the string of ...

Markus Pitchford

Markus Pitchford is a Democratic political strategist that has worked on many campaigns across the state. Most recently, he served as deputy campaign manager for State Senator Scott Bennett and African American outreach coordinator for the Illinois ...

Marquell Smith

Mrinalini Chakraborty

Nathaniel Meadow

Nathaniel Meadow will be graduating with a joint Medical and Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2017.  As a member of the Urban Medicine Program at UIC he began working ...

Nils Robbins

Nils serves as the Communications Director for Democratic Municipal Officials, the DNC association that advocates for mayors, council members, and other local electeds who identify with the values of the Democratic Party. In addition to communications, he ...

Oliver Serafini

Oliver Serafini spent nearly a decade helping progressive candidates, causes and public servants refine their communications, gain increased media exposure and find new ways to reach constituents. Always ready to tackle new challenges, he is currently a student ...

Omari Prince

Omari received his degree in Computer Science from the Dillard University in 2000 with a minor in Business Management. Omari has managed several campaigns starting in 2012 which was the Donna Miller for State Senate. In 2014 ...

Oren Jacobson

Oren Jacobson is a multi-sector consultant and civic activist. He sits on the board of the Illinois Campaign For Political Reform, the American Jewish Committee’s Chicago ACCESS Board, and on the advisory council for Avodah-Chicago. He is ...

Ryan Farrell

Ryan Farrell is an MBA Candidate at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, focusing on how business can tackle world-scale challenges and affect social change. Prior to moving to the UK, Ryan worked in advertising ...

Ted Mason

Ted Mason has lived in Elk Grove Village since he was 6 years old. After graduating from Conant High School he received a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and History from Illinois State University. Ted ...

Trish Rich

Trisha Rich is a litigator and ethics attorney at Holland & Knight LLP.  She is active in many political and community causes, including serving as the Political Director of the 44th Ward Democrats and serving as a ...

Zach Koutsky

Zach Koutsky is the Legislative and Political Director for Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers and previously served as Senior Advisor and Campaign Manager to State Treasurer Michael Frerichs. He has worked for nonprofits and political ...