Board of Directors

Paige Azuma, Co-Chair

Bio coming soon

Mike Chen

Mike is a Senior Mutual Fund Accountant with Jackson National Asset Management. Prior to Jackson, he worked as a Senior Analyst at Northern Trust and Morgan Stanley in their Mutual Fund Financial Reporting departments. Before his time at Morgan Stanley, he worked as a Data Analyst at Morningstar. he received a Master’s of Science in Finance from IIT’s Stuart School of Business and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University. Mike has extensive volunteer experience in such organizations as Inspiration Corporation and Connections for the Homeless, which concentrate on anti-poverty and homeless outreach programs.


Ariana Cisneros

Bio coming soon

Cristen Jenkins

Cristen Jenkins is an Instructor in the Department of Sociology at Northeastern Illinois University. She teaches courses on youth, gender, and education. Cristen uses activist research methods to examine how youth and community members organize for educational justice. For over a decade, she has collaborated with various community organizations across Chicago.

James Manos

Dr. James Manos is currently the Community Justice Program Associate in the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice at Adler University. His work focuses on criminal and juvenile justice policy reform, with an emphasis on restorative justice implementation and evaluation. His research focuses on labor, mass incarceration, and segregation. Previously, James was a Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York. 

Quinn Rallins

Quinn is a Community Justice Staff Attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Prior to this, he was a Public Interest Law Scholar at Northeastern University School of Law, where he focused on studying the historical intersection of criminal justice and civil rights. Prior to entering law, he was a community organizer, strategist, and trainer, having directed successful grassroots campaigns throughout the United States to address issues such as police brutality, housing foreclosure, health care access, youth jobs, predatory lending, and mass incarceration. His organizing work as been mentioned in various media outlets, from the New York Times to the Birmingham News, and he continues mentor organizers on both the South and West Sides of Chicago.

Jackie Rosa

Chicago native, Jackie Rosa, has spent the past 10 years educating and empowering Chicago youth. Her youth development background helped coordinate and inform out-of -school time programming, at CPS Sullivan High School, most recently Jackie worked at Mikva Challenge as a senior program director. Currently, Jackie is a community engagement manager at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and works with a variety of stakeholders to create and foster "quality of life improvements" in neighborhoods across the city and suburbs. Jackie's areas of expertise include generating and implementing strategies that enhance school and community engagement.

Alvin Schexnider, co-chair

Alvin Schexnider is the Director of Operations for Greater Good Studio, a social innovation & design firm based out of Chicago. Previously, he was Director of Human Resources for Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), a mid-sized direct service agency. Before joining Y.O.U., Alvin was the Director of Planning & Administration at UMI/Urban Ministries, Inc., a national social impact media firm, and he started his career in a two-year leadership program for Abbott Laboratories, holding roles in both Chicago and Shanghai, China. He is a member of University Church Chicago, a student of Capoeira at the Quilombo Cultural Center, and is an avid reader of Coates' writing run on the Black Panther comic.

Daisy Zamora

Daisy Yessenia Zamora Centeno received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in Latin American and Latino Studies. She was born and raised in Chicago. She received her masters from the College of Education in Youth Development rom UIC. She was a founding board member of the Chicago Freedom School and Women and Girls Collective Action Network/Females United for Action (WGCAN Daisy co-taught a course on Black and Latino Unity for Freedom Fellows at the CFS. As part of the WGCAN she developed a media justice toolkit for nonprofits. WGCAN testified at the FCC and launched a campaign to bring down La Ley's 107.9 pegaditas sexist and not culturally sensitive billboards
  Daisy is interested in Queer Latina Health and is a member of Brown and Proud Press. Daisy is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Chicana Studies and/or Public Health.


Founders & Key Contributors

Mia Henry, Founding Director

Alex Poeter, Founding Director  

Mariame Kaba, Founding Chair of the Board of Directors 

Nadeja Wesley, Founding Treasurer 

Micaiah Kline, Founding Secretary 

Kevin Brown, Founder

Lamont Boswell, Founder

Keisha Farmer-Smith, Founder

Linda Hannah, Founder

Lesley Kennedy, Founder

Mia Muhammad, Founder

Jobi Petersen, Founder

Pam Smith, Founder

Melissa Spatz, Founder

Daisy Zamora, Founder

Yasmin Ahmed

Chris Brown

Kristen Cox

Shonettia Monique

Edward Onaci

Jane Palmer

Ravi Ricker

Jonathan Stacks

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