A lifelong Chicagoan, Andrew was looking for a way to give back to the city he loves. He has always been intrigued by the power of sharing and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives. With this thought and his passion for the city, Chicago Rises was born. Whether it’s from riding the “L”, exploring the city’s unique neighborhoods or volunteering at a local nonprofit, Andrew sees the vast potential of the residents and organizations that call Chicago home.
Despite living in the suburbs her entire life, Emily didn’t discover her love for Chicago until she moved here in 2011 for college. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 with degrees in Journalism and Psychology. Through journalism she aims to connect important causes with a greater audience to promote awareness and action within the community. She currently works as a freelance journalist with a focus on sports and philanthropy.
Jennifer is an avid Storyteller and Adventurer. She was raised in the Shenandoah Valley, just outside of D.C., and has spent much of her childhood traveling and camping throughout the United States. From a wee age she has always found delight in taking pictures and making short films but recently she decided to take on the film world. Now studying Film Production at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Jennifer has found herself in the thrilling lifestyle of a Chicagoan. Passionate and enthusiastic, Jennifer is very excited to share her stories with everyone!
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Carmen lived abroad extensively before settling in Chicago eight years ago. As a graduate student at Northwestern University, she was immediately impressed and inspired by the rich diversity and strong community spirit of her adopted city. In addition to her post-graduate freelance writing, she works as an editor, researcher, translator, interpreter, and project manager.
Iveree was born and raised in Chicago, but fell in love with the city when she moved back in 2016. She is in love with words and writing has always been one of her passions. She turned that passion into a degree when she graduated with a bachelor’s in English and social work from Bradley University in 2012. She graduated from UIS in 2016 with a master’s of public administration. Her hope is that through her writing she can connect people to other people, resources, and be an advocate for the under-served and voiceless.
Bia studies Psychology of Crime and Justice and is very passionate about reentry initiatives. Her current dream job is to be a correctional psychologist. Among many other things, her biggest hobby is doing things she is not good at, such as drawing, playing the drums and writing. Her best friend is called Hailey.
Celia is a writer who loves to tell the stories of the voiceless and unrecognized. Born and raised in San Francisco, Celia has been in Chicago for nearly 3 years and loves the vivacious energy of the city that she has not seen anywhere else. She hopes her writing will impact anyone who comes across it.
Alanna is a filmmaker studying Cinema and Media Studies and English at the University of Chicago. Originally from San Diego, Alanna has lived in Chicago for over three years. She lives and works on the south side, making documentaries for organizations such as I Grow Chicago in Englewood. She hopes to continue making documentaries that explore ethical representation and the active participation of those on screen.
Adia is a Media and Cinema Studies major at University of Illinois. She is striving to be a documentarian and hopes to use film to engage in important discussions as well as create representation for unique points of views. In her free time, she enjoys writing scripts, painting, and finding new music. She has a dog named Lola who smells like mildew and two younger sisters who emit a similar aroma.