Chicago Chapter

Building the collective power of progressive leaders in Chicago since 2010

NLC Chicago builds collective power by convening and strengthening bonds between diverse, progressive leaders who are committed to justice, equity, and liberation. Since 2010, our alumni-led chapter has offered an annual place-based leadership development program for 20 Fellows – and a lifelong community that inspires us everyday and builds bridges across communities and sectors.

250

Since our founding, we’ve trained 250 NLC Chicago Fellows.

20

Number of alumni Executive Board members who lead our Chapter

62

Local elected officials, political directors, executive directors, and social impact organization founders in the NLC Chicago alumni community

As a Muslim American with strong values of integrity and equity, I appreciated my NLC Chicago fellowship because it helped me envision ways to live into these values and gain new perspectives from a cohort that was diverse across race, gender, sector, and geography.

– Rizwaan Akhtar
2019 NLC Chicago Fellow

2021 Fellows

Alexandra Perez-Garcia

Associate Director of Development and Communications, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership

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Amber Joiner-Hill

Owner & Principal Consultant, Magnolia Detroit Consulting LLC

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Bia Medious

CEO & Founder | Journalist, Narrative Audio Producer, Strategist, BIA Media

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Dear Aunaetitrakul

Assistant Director, Gender & Sexuality, Northeastern Illinois University

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Diana Armacanqui

Product Manager, Publicis Sapient

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Erik Castelan

Operations and Community Relations Manager, Institute for Justice

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Jameson Dixon Jr

Assistant Director, Employer Engagement & Diversity Recruitment, DePaul University

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Kelsie Landers

Policy and Advocacy Director, EverThrive Illinois

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Margaret Decker

Policy Advisor, City of Chicago – Office of the Mayor

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Mayte Aldrett

Economic Justice Organizer, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

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Melissa Flores

Senior Director, Strategy + Operations, Erie Neighborhood House

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Mycall Akeem Riley

Coordinator, LGBTQIA+ Resource Center, DePaul University

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Neha Mehra

Director, Applied Data Fellowship, International Innovation Corps, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

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Paul Jones

Staff Attorney Fellow, Illinois Justice Project

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Rachel Lyons

Program Director, Br. David Darst Center

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Reine Rambert

Policy Manager, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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Tomas Uriostegui

Research Assistant, University of Chicago

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Tonyisha Harris

Clean Energy Programs Director, Illinois Environmental Council

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Tovia Siegel

Organizer, Families Belong Together

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Wandalyn Savala

Regional Campaigns Manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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Alumni

2020

Anjulie Rao

Annie Plotkin

Asia Canady

Claudia Espinel

Deandra Cadet

Eilene Ladson

Erik Martinez

George Theotokatos

Ginger Nepomuceno-Cacnio

Glenance Green

Hialy Gutierrez

James Mendez

José Che-Che Turrubiartez

Juan Sebastian Arias

Olivia Wilks

Payton Head

Pushkar Sharma

Victoria Moreno

Yanitza Carmona y Correa

Yolanda Richards

2019

Alexandria Willis

Carolyn (Carrie) Muehlbauer

Clarissa Gonzalez

Emma Todd

Gavin Taves

Graciela Guzman

Jake Mikva

Jeff Raines

John Gruber

Nella Coleman

Raha Obaei

Rizwaan Akhtar

Sabina Gebczyk

Shavion Scott

Shining Li

Skyler Larrimore

Sorcha Brophy

Torrence Gardner

Tran Nguyen

Whitney O’Banner

2018

Alberto Morales

Ali Ammoura

Aviva Rosman

Courtney Hrejsa

Effee Coello

Harold Moore

Jaye Hobart

Jennifer Leininger

Jianan Shi

Joan Jones

Jocelyn Munguia Chavez

Luis Roman

Michael Davis

Militza M. Pagan

Nicole Johnson

Patrick Hanley

Rance Graham-Bailey

Rayna Brown

Robert Smith

Ryan Sorrell

Samantha Loo

2017

Alicia Crosby

Anna Bethune

Ariel Rainey

Bridgett Colling

Christopher Hansen

Colin Bird

Cynthia Brito

Douglas McGinnis

Everett Gutierrez

Ian Coelho

Juliana Pino

Kevin Moore

Nils Robbins

Paw Ku

Sean Anderson

Sierra Wallace

Steve Gorodetskiy

Swapna Reddy

Tatyana Shestopalova

Thomas Ogorzalek

Victoria Thomas

Xavier Ramey

2016

A.D. Sean Lewis

Abdelnasser Rashid

Adrienne Irmer

Antwan Dobson

Barbara Barreno-Paschall

Blair Schoell

Brian Anderson

Colleen Harvey

Dave Sargent

Dhathri Chunduru

Diamond Greer

Elle Ramel

Emily Williams

Fabian Elliott

Jeffery Beckham

Jessyca Dudley

Kady McFadden

Nick Shields

Ravi Kasi

Rendel Solomon

Ruth Lopez

Sarah Saheb

 

2015

Abin Kuriakose

Andrea Friedman

Anne Klingeberger

Catherine Lynch

Chelsea Sprayregen

Christina Granfield

Dominica McBride

Elena Valentine

Eloise Bahrmasel

Evan Wright

Gisella Faggi

Greg Aguilar

Hicham Zerhouni

Jack Bentley

Jai Winston

Jeffrey Koh

Jesse Kibbey

Jessica Torres

Jourdan Sorrell

Justin Slaughter

Laura Garcia

Marlon Cummings

Miguel Blancarte

Nellie Sires

Tejas Shah

Traci Thibodeaux

Travis Kluska

Wesley Epplin

 

2014

Amrit Mehra

Andrew Bashi

Bina M Patel

Chirag Badlani

Christopher Huff

James Hollis

Jeremy C. Wilson

Julia Fedor

Laura Garcia

Mahrinah von Schlegel

Mary Miro

Nora Gruenberg

Oren Jacobson

Quiana McKenzie

Robert Grigsby

Sara El-Amine

Sara Beth Hoffman

Sunny Williams

Susan Parker

Thomas Day

Tom Greenhaw

Vasco Bridges

2013

Allyson Gold

Ben Head

Connie Kresge

Courtney Rowe

D. Dona Le

Dennis Hughes

Emile Cambry

Joe Carlasare

Kevin Borgia

Laura Garcia

Morlie Patel

Pamela Villa

Prentice Butler

Rachel Arfa

Rebecca Reynolds

Sheena Kauzlarich

Sufyan Sohel

Theodore Gonder

2012

Abdul-Aziz Hassan

Amelia Showalter

B. Loewe

Bernada Baker

Brandon Bodor

Brian Miller

Carla Bruni

Carlos Rosa

Cathy Yu

Chase Bassignani

Hannah Lehman

Isaac Hammond-Paul

Jackie Diaz

Jesse Edwin Evans

Rachel Hoge

Reema Ahmad

Ryan O Leary

Sarah Resnick

Suraj Patel

Tamara Fouche

2011

Alexander Sewell

Amy Hermalik

Annie Lionberger

Celina Villanueva

Ebony Scott

Francesca Rodriquez

Greg Nance

Harish Patel

Jay! Tomlinson

Jennifer Walling

Kate Pomper

Kathy Chan

Kevin Hough

Maceo Brown

Marc Garcia

Marquell Smith

Nicole Patel

Peter Dykstra

Riana Lynn

Theodore J Crawford

Trevor Montgomery

2010

Adam Patinkin

Andrea Hall

Anessa Arsha

Ashutosh Habbu

Ben Lenet

Donna Dalton

Joanna Klonsky

John Stevenson

Karlo Marcelo

Kathryn Phillips

Katrina Weimholt

Lovette Ajayi

Lyndon Valicenti

Payton Chug

Samir Malik

Umair Mamsa

William Godwin

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