Our Board

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Andi Friedman

Andi Friedman is the Founder of AF Advocacy, a consulting firm that helps progressive organizations build effective policy change campaigns.  She is a lawyer and advocate with extensive ties in the women’s rights and progressive communities.  Her ...

Ariana Taylor

Ariana Taylor is a southside Chicago Native, and a 2015 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in African American Studies. During her undergraduate career, ...

Autumn Davidson

Autumn Davidson, MD MS is an OB-Gyn at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR. In her current position, she heads the Pregnancy Termination Clinic, which provides abortion care for women in Kaiser’s Northwest region. Prior to her current ...

Colleen Smith

Diana Parker

Born and raised in Rogers Park, Diana Parker briefly left Chicago to earn a BA in Women’s Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since graduating she has spent her life working on issues of resource ...

Leah Greenblum

Leah Greenblum is the Founder and Executive Director of Midwest Access Coalition, a grassroots organization providing accommodation and support for those traveling to, from, and within the Midwest to access safe, legal abortion. Leah is also the ...

Marie Khan

Marie Khan recently joined the ranks of Midwest Access Coalition, which provides accommodation and support for those traveling to, from, and within the Midwest to access safe, legal abortion, as the Director of Outreach. She works in ...

Morlie Patel

Morlie Patel serves as a Deputy Director for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office, where she has managed a department-wide Performance Management Initiative maximizing efficiencies, founded two community outreach initiatives addressing hate crimes, and worked on the ...

Tamara Fouche

Born in the Chicagoland area, and a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, WI, Tamara works in non profit development and operational management. Tamara is fiercely passionate about political engagement and access, civil rights, social and reproductive ...

MEET OUR BOARD

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 ...

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

Mrinalini Chakraborty is an award-winning social justice and civil rights activist, political organizer, and movement-builder. Born and raised in Kolkata, India, she started organizing as a teenager, in the movement for sex workers rights and against human ...

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 ...