Our Team


Andrew Don

Andrew Don


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.

As the Co-Founder of Impaktfel, Andrew works to help nonprofits and social enterprises amplify their impact. He also currently serves on the board for the youth nonprofit, Project: VISION.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown


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.

Emily Brown

Juliana Borges

Marketing / Social Media Strategist

In 2012, Juliana moved to Chicago from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She studies Marketing and International business at Loyola University Chicago and recently discovered an appreciation for urban art. Juliana first fell in love with Chicago the first time she visited it in 2009. Three years later she moved to Chicago for school and has been here ever since.

Jenna O’Leary

Community Engagement Strategist

Jenna is a Bostonian at heart, but made her move to Chicago in 2017 to pursue her Master’s in Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University. Jenna has a passion for Early Childhood Education, and improving the lives of families through education and political change. She has fallen in love with both the buildings and the people here in Chicago, and hopes to help Chicagoans rise to their utmost potential. In her future career, Jenna looks forward to making an impact through conducting educational research in every corner of the world.

Bia Reiner

Writing Contributor

Bia studied Psychology of Crime and Justice and is very passionate about reentry initiatives. She is currently a PrEP Outreach Coordinator. 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.

Emma Dempsey

Writing Contributor

Currently studying Journalism at Loyola University Chicago, Emma is excited to cultivate her passion for writing and her love for the city. She believes that journalism should be used to promote justice and give outlets to voices that might not otherwise be heard. When she’s not curled up with her nose in a book, Emma likes to spend her time exploring, people-watching, and playing Quidditch.

Celia Borg

Natalie Schawel

Writing Contributor

Natalie has called “Chicago” her home for her entire life, but made the move from the suburbs to the city in 2017. She is a high school writing teacher and a graduate student at DePaul, where she is working on her degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse. Her bachelor’s is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied English. She loves running on Lake Shore and exploring the city with her puppy, Arya.


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