Andrea is City Bureau's Director of Community Engagement, formerly of Free Spirit Media, where she created the nonprofit organization’s Real Chi Youth program.
Bettina is the Editorial Director at City Bureau, former executive digital editor of Chicago magazine. She also worked at DNAinfo Chicago, Pacific Standard and the education nonprofit Supplies for Dreams.
Darryl is City Bureau's News Lab Director. He's A Studs-Terkel award-winning journalist, founder of the Illustrated Press, and reporter formerly with DNAinfo Chicago.
Harry is Director of Operations and Business Strategy at City Bureau and the founding publisher of the South Side Weekly, a volunteer-run community newspaper in Chicago.
Program support coordinator
Ellie is City Bureau’s Program Support Coordinator, the South Side Weekly’s first Visuals Editor, and formerly a student of geography at the
University of Chicago.
documenters field coordinator
India grew up in Kenwood and studied history and literature at Calvin College. She’s previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Chicago Public Schools, supporting literacy and parent engagement efforts.
donor community manager
Kamilah is a producer, administrator, educator and interdisciplinary artist with 17 years of experience in new program development, community-based programming and civic-minded engagement.
Pat is a web developer with a degree in public policy. He’s worked on building tools that make data easier to understand, including civic tech projects involving tenants’ rights and the justice system.
Board of Directors
Adriana Díaz is Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Peer Health Exchange. A communications professional and new media strategist deeply committed to promoting the intersection of civic engagement and social justice; she has roots in radio, community journalism, youth advocacy and nonprofit communications. A Southwesterner by birth, she claimed Chicago as her soul city in 2003. She is passionate about bridging communities and believes in the power of storytelling for social change.
Akili Lee is a social entrepreneur who has spent 15 years creating human-centered and technology empowered systems that provide equitable access to opportunity. Akili is currently Vice President of Product Management at ThinkCERCA. He is the co-founder of the Digital Youth Network (DYN), an organization that addresses the urgent need to redesign learning by cultivating equity in our systems and agency in the lives of young people. Akili has been critical in defining DYN’s model of leveraging school, community, and online spaces to create new pathways to success for young people. Within DYN, Akili co-directed the Chicago City of Learning, a first of its kind citywide initiative that connects youth to thousands of local and online learning opportunities and supports them to develop rich portfolios along the way.
Joe Germuska is the Executive Director at Northwestern University Knight Lab,a community of designers, developers, students, and educators working on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. He is also the project lead on Census Reporter, a Knight News Challenge project to make U.S. Census data easy for journalists to use. Before joining the Knight Lab, Joe was a founding member of the news application team at the Chicago Tribune and a project board member for the PANDA project, another Knight News Challenge winner.
Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton was Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago and brings extensive legislative, advocacy, organizing and applied research experience to her clinical professor position in the Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is also Director of Public Policy Programs and Civic Partnerships for the Department, ensuring the growth and expansion of the bachelor’s degree program in public policy. Her experience in social justice and racial equity campaigns includes immigrant rights and voting rights issues. Her cross-movement work on voting rights resulted in the passage of landmark legislation in Illinois that expanded access to underserved communities through Same Day Registration.
Michelle Morales is the Executive Director of Mikva Challenge. Prior to Mikva, she worked predominately in the field of alternative education, as a teacher at an alternative high school in Humboldt Park and then as a Program Manager and Associate Director at the Alternative Schools Network.
Daniel X. O’Neil is the Director of Product Development and Business Strategy for Ad Hoc, a small software company that came out of the successful HealthCare.gov rescue effort. Ad Hoc designs, builds, and operates consumer-focused services that are fast, scalable, efficient, and usable. O’Neil has been a leading writer, convener, and practitioner in the American open data, open government, and civic tech fields. He’s written widely on community-based user testing and commissioned & edited books on civic tech and community technology design modes. He’s been named to Crain’s Chicago Business’ Tech 50, served as a member of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force, and was a White House Champion of Change for Technology and Innovation.
Sheila Solomon is an award-winning former newspaper reporter and editor and has worked for the Hampton Monitor, Daily Press, Newsday, The Charlotte Observer and Chicago Tribune. Currently she’s a senior consultant in Chicago for the Democracy Fund (based in Washington, D.C.) and the manager of recruiting and internships at Rivet Radio (based in Chicago). Among her honors is being inducted into the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame at Hampton University (Hampton, Va.) and the Ida B. Wells award, given by Medill and the National Association of Black Journalists. She just completed her fifth year as a judge for the National Headliner Awards, has been a lecturer and adjunct professor and serves on numerous journalism-related boards and advisory committees.
Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute's Election Administration Director. She and her team provide resources and training to support local election administrators in modernizing the ways they communicate with voters. They also publish free, open-source civic datasets that have been accessed over 200 million times through some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation. Tiana earned a MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. In 2015 Tiana joined the inaugural class of Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. And in 2018 Tiana was selected to join the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows.