Staff

Staff

Mary Miro
Executive Director
Since the start of her career, Ms. Miro has worked for a range of non-profits focused on education and workforce development. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the Community Relations Specialist for Loyola University Chicago, where she cultivated strategic relationships between Loyola and its external partners in the business, government, and nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the team at RFI, she was the Partnerships Manager for the Civic Leadership Foundation, where she oversaw the creation and implementation of a civic engagement program for junior high students and justice involved high school students. In 2014, Ms. Miro completed the New Leaders Council Fellowship and currently serves on the NLC Chicago Executive Board.
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Alisa Kaplan
Policy Director
Alisa leads RFI's policy development, advocacy, and research initiatives. A Yale graduate with a law degree and Ph.D in Political Science from Northwestern University, Alisa brings expertise in law and the political process as well as a background in community organizing and grassroots activism. Alisa also teaches classes at Northwestern in Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties and is co-president of the Board of Open Communities, a Chicago-area civil rights and housing justice organization.

Sunshine Fellow

Gavriel Remz
Gavriel Remz began as RFI’s Sunshine Fellow in June 2019. He is currently a Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Previously, Gavriel worked in education reform policy in New York City and politics and policy journalism in Washington, D.C., and earned his undergraduate degree in journalism and political science from Northwestern University. His primary interests are political polarization, voter access, and economic justice and equity.

Interns

Kimberly Beaudreau
Kimberly Beaudreau began working at RFI in May 2019. She received her BBA in Accounting and BA in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is currently a History PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her policy research interests include immigration policy, border externalization, and the role of the Executive Branch in determining U.S. immigration policy and enforcement. Kimberly was formerly a research assistant for the University of Pretoria’s global study on the domestic impact of human rights treaties and is a founding member of the Latin America Historical Society.
Sadrac Camacho
Sadrac Camacho is a rising second-year Political Science major at the University of Chicago and is originally from Palm Springs, California. His interests manifest in various different ways; academically, he is very interested in the law and philosophy (particularly ethics). In terms of policy, he is very invested in advocating for immigrant rights, transparency in government, and for a fundamental restructuring of political funding mechanisms. Sadrac is very excited to channel these interests locally and in tangible ways.
Georgia Caras
Georgia Caras began working at RFI in June of 2019. She is an incoming third year at Northwestern University, studying social policy, global health, and economics. This past year, Georgia worked as a communications assistant at NU’s Institute for Policy Research and a research assistant within the School of Education and Social Policy. She is particularly interested in healthcare reform, education policy and voting rights.
Rowan Harrity
Rowan Harrity is a recent graduate of the University of Redlands with degrees in Political Science and Public Policy. At university, Rowan gained experience in a variety of policy fields, holding roles such as legal research intern for an immigration law firm and policy analyst intern for a Rwandan-based NGO. Rowan has also invested himself in several local nonprofit organizations in the Inland Empire, working as a grant writer, tutor and youth advocate. His main interests include urban housing policy, international development and grassroots social advocacy.

 

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