Lord of Public Affairs (AKA Events Coordinator)
Antonio is a Chicagoan born and raised on the South Side and lives in Englewood. Formerly a Chicago Votes intern, he has joined our staff and taken the reigns as the Event Coordinator. He has organized events for Louder Than A Bomb, a city-wide exposition of student talent that includes art performances, slam poetry and short films/documentaries. A student at Malcolm X College majoring in political science, Antonio enjoys intellectual debates with anyone who holds an opinion. When he isn’t studying or debating, he enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes. His signature dish is chicken parmesan.
Duchess of Democracy (aka, Director of Organizing)
Carolyn is an organizer to the core and a passionate youth advocate. She has a diverse set of skills which she plans to utilize to spark a powerful youth movement in Chicago. Her goal is to train the next generation of organizers so that they can make a meaningful impact in their own communities, one that will extend beyond their internship cycle. She believes that there is power in numbers and that the health of our democracy hinges on how engaged young people are in the political process. She also believes that people are most effective when they are working on issues they care about and when they have fun doing it! In her spare time, Carolyn likes to watch/listen to Beyoncés visual album. She once sang “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey in front of a crowd of over 14,000 people with her female A Cappella group Ladies First.
Boss Lady (aka Executive Director )
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).