Our Team

 

Andrew Don

Andrew Don

Founder

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.

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Emily Brown

Editor

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 Gillenwater

Jennifer Gillenwater

Videographer

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!

Eliza Rawlings

Eliza Rawlings

Organizational Development and Brand Strategist

After moving from city to city while growing up, Eliza is now happy to call Chicago her home. Her love of writing is founded in the connections it creates between people. She has always been motivated to discover the world and intrigued by what Chicago has to offer.

Carmen Finashina

Carmen Finashina

Staff Writer

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.

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Iveree Brown

Writing Contributor

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.

Celia Borg

Celia Borg

Writer Intern

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.

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