Director of Leadership Development
(aka CEO of Parties)
Perry is the son of two Sci-Fi geeks, with whom he watched lots of Star Trek and Star Wars growing up. Nicknamed Dictionary Perry by his grammar school classmates, Perry is an avid reader and a lover of random facts and knowledge. Perry is a seasoned community organizer, most recently serving as the Director of Communications and Special Projects at Brothers United Inc. a community-based organization in Indianapolis, Indiana. Perry has worked in the educational, governmental and political arenas across the United States, but he grew up on the South Side and considers Chicago to be the world’s greatest city! When he’s is not working too deeply change the world, Perry can be found traveling, eating and cooking, rooftop lounges, and enjoying Chicago White Sox Baseball.
Director of Operations
(aka Lioness Of The Office)
Jen’s passion for human rights and social change began where she grew up in Utica NY, which is home to one of the largest refugee resettlement communities in the US. The harsh Adirondack winters were a bit much as she desired the island life and moved to Tampa where she obtained a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Sociology. Jen directed her focus to Chicago completing a thesis on activism, highlighting the value of social capital and collective efficacy in violence prevention efforts. After falling in love with the city, she has since been a proud resident of the South Side, organizing community activists to reduce voter oppression and working to get kids both excited and involved in politics. When she is not organizing or keeping the office together, she is practicing yoga, chilling at “The Point”, cooking up something special or giving her dog Marley (named after Bob Marley) some lovin.
Executive Director Boss Lady
(aka Boss Lady )
Rebecca is an experienced campaign manager who specializes in field work, volunteer organizing and youth engagement. She has served as the Director of Citizen Outreach with the The Fund for the Public Interest Research Groups in Chicago and Washington, D.C., where she worked primarily with college students advocating for issues ranging from gay and consumer rights to environmental protections.
In recent years, she has run competitive electoral campaigns in Chicago. Her campaigns are known for their non-traditional and young candidates, and rigorous field programs supported by Millennial Generation volunteers. She’s a huuuuge fan of Orange is the New Black, Scandal and her cat, Jacques (though frequently misspells his name).
A Hoosier native, Rudy graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in political science and international studies. She moved to Chicago in August of 2013 to attend culinary school, but found her inner activist instead. She completed the Chicago Votes Winter internship program in late winter/ early spring of 2014. After working at a law firm in the loop, she took a job as a Chicago Votes Field Organizer during the summer/ fall voter registration project and has been working with the organization ever since. Rudy is excited to show young Chicagoans that they can make a difference in their city and encourage the millennial generation to take an active role in the political system.
AKA “Tough Love”
DJ grew up on the west-side of Chicago and understands first hand on how it feels to be disconnected from the political process. He watched how no one cared about our black and brown youth’s lack of resources or access to making change. But after a lot of research and life experiences; he understands the more transparent the government is, the less powerful they are. He believes the power is in organizing our youth to come together and being informed about the people that make decisions on our lives. So now that he has the chance to inform and make change; he feels it’s his duty to help our youth. DJ has worked on Economic campaigns such as (Fight for 15) and Issues Based Campaigns such as (Action Now). In his personal time he plays semi-pro basketball and loves to walk on the beach on a hot and windy day as the sun sets.