Meet the Cohort Class of 2024

Meet the Cohort Class of 2024

Meet the Cohort Class of 2024

Ahmed Karrar

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Ichor Strategies

Amber Wilson

Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor

Brandon Bradford

Chief of Staff, Office of the 16th Ward Alderman

Brionna Poole

Account Executive, Jascula Terman Strategic


Calvin Cottrell

Constituent Services Director, Office of the 4th Ward


Christopher Swann

Senior Program Manager, Feeding America

Chynna Hampton

Equity Director, Climate Jobs – IL – ALF-CIO

Cleopatra Draper

CEO & Founder, Roses in Roseland

Crystal Gardener

Associate Political Director, United Working Families

Darius (Dee) Nix

Interim Impact Director/Instructional Coach, Friends in the City Foundation

Imani Clayton

Senior Executive Appointments Associate, Office of

the IL Governor

Jalen Brown

Associate Attorney, Reed Smith LLP

James Mendez

Director of Policy, IL Legislative Black Caucus Foundation

Jamie Brown

Co-founder, Period: Ending the Sentence

Janella Curtis

Public Affairs Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor

Jillian Carew

President & Chief Consultant, InnerG Unlmtd, LLC.

Josh Harris

Vice President of Public Engagement, Obama Foundation

Kendra Clayton

Assistant Director of Community Relations Outreach

and Engagement Specialist, Bobby E. Wright

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center

Maggie Mendenhall Casey

General Counsel, City of Chicago Community

Commission for Public Safety and Accountability

Margaret Decker

Chief of Staff, IL Department of Labor

Mariana Thomas

Program Manager of Black Organizing Program,

Planned Parenthood IL

Marvin Slaughter

Senior Research Portfolio Manager, UChicago Inclusive

Economy Lab

Nino Rodriguez


Noel Green

Outreach Manager, UChicago Center for HIV Elimination

Phasha Spencer

Senior Specialist of Partnerships, EdReports

Taylor Bishop

Public Information Officer, Cook County Office of the


Tommie Robinson

Legislative Coordinator, SEIU Healthcare

Tyra Owens

Director for Community Planning and Economic

Development, Office of the 20th Ward Alderman

Walter Redmond Burnett

Principal, Hannibal Valley Company

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