Social Innovation and Community Change

Can any one description encompass the vastly diverse field of social innovation and community change? Whether you are interested in environmental advocacy, policy research, community organizing, or immigration law, you can engage in social change in many different sectors and forms. This is a field dedicated to improving human and social welfare, through any level of engagement: within communities, through private for/non-profit institutions, or in government offices. With extensive experience in law, consulting, administration, academia, social services, and policy, our alumni have all taken unique paths to further social progress. Join us and discover the incredibly varied ways to pursue and build a fulfilling career in community building and social change.

Roundtable Participants

Vidal Anguiano, AB'15, SM'19

Management Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture Federal Services

Mr. Anguiano graduated from the College in 2015 with a degree in Public Policy Studies. While in the College, he was involved with Student Government, the Organization of Latin American Students, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and ALMas, a bilingual pre-k literacy program for children from immigrant families. After graduating, Mr. Anguiano worked as an Analytics consultant with Accenture Federal Services serving federal agencies in Washington, DC. He is currently living in Chicago and pursuing a Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy. He is interested in applying data science and technology in service of improving city government operations and services for residents. (Table 98)

Youssef Kalad, AB'12

Program Director, NYC Mayor's Office of the CTO

Youssef is a 2012 graduate with a degree in Public Policy. As an undergrad, he was involved with Eckhart Consulting, Questbridge Scholars, and Student Government, serving as President his senior year. He jumped into strategy consulting after graduation, helping companies test risky concepts and scale successful ones over time. He took his experience to Uber, where he was a Senior Operations & Strategy Manager overseeing large-scale North American experiments & initiatives spanning product design, user growth, and profitability. He's now Program Director of NYCx, the world's first municipal program to transform urban spaces into hubs for tech collaboration, research, & testing. More simply, he focuses on making tech work for working people. As an immigrant and Odyssey Scholar, he's passionate about expanding access to high-quality education, mentorship, and professional development to under-served students across the country. He lives in NYC, and enjoys talking basketball, BBQ, and hip hop. (Table 100)

Allen Linton II, AB'11, AM'13

PhD Student, Political Science, University of Chicago

Mr. Linton graduated with honors from the College in 2011 with a degree in Political Science. As an undergraduate, he as involved with the University Community Service Center, CHOMUN, WHPK, and was the first Community and Government Liaison in Student Government. Mr. Linton obtained a Masters in Political Science in 2013 from UChicago and is currently completing his PhD in Political Science on the influence of new/social media on youth politics at the local level. Additionally, Mr. Linton is a member of the Chicago Global Shapers, initiative sponsored by the World Economic Forum. (Table 101)

Jonathan Lykes, AB'12, AM'13

Policy Analyst and National Youth Organizer, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Mr. Lykes is a Black queer artist, activist and policy analyst. He currently works at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) as a Policy Analyst and is the National Youth Organizer for the getR.E.A.L Initiative, addressing disparities that affect Black/brown LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth. He is the former artistic director of Performing Arts for Effective Civic Education (PAECE) Program at UChicago. He works to create awareness, promote personal healing, surmount institutional barriers and generate systemic change. Mr. Lykes' current position has him merging his multidisciplinary artistic background with public policy reform, community engagement, and systems change work. He is also currently serving as Co-chair for the C4 Board for Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100). He's also the current Artistic Director for BYP100' freedom song and chant album, The Black Joy Experience. He earned his degree from the College and his master's degree from SSA. (Table 99)

Monica Martinez, AB'02, MPA'08 NYU

Co-Founder, EduDream

Ms. Martinez graduated from the College in 2002 with a degree in Public Policy. While in the College, she was involved with the University Community Service Center and its Neighborhood Schools Program. Ms. Martinez has over a decade of experience working in non-profits, local government, and education agencies to strengthen analytic capacity and the use of data to inform decision-making. In 2016, she co-founded EduDream, a consulting firm that partners with organizations working to ensure educational equity for racially and economically diverse students. Ms. Martinez provides strategic direction for the firm's research, practice and policy work to ensure it is grounded in addressing educational equity. She is passionate about tackling issues of equity and ensuring all children have the opportunity to succeed in life and achieve their dreams. Ms. Martinez lives in Chicago and can usually be spotted running along the lakefront. (Table 98)

Alexandra Perez-Garcia, AB'16

Program Coordinator, Chicago Community Trust

Ms. Perez-Garcia graduated with honors from the College in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and Public Policy. While there, she was involved in leading campus-wide fundraising efforts for Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII) and the all-female volunteer mentoring organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE). She also chaired and served as a teaching assistant for the nonprofit consulting group and class, campusCATALYST. After graduating, she participated in the University of Chicago Public Interest Program (UCPIP) for a one-year fellowship at The Chicago Community Trust where she is currently a Program Coordinator working on projects related to disability rights and community inclusion. She serves on the Young Women's Giving Council of The Chicago Foundation for Women and is an advisor for the Phi Chi chapter of AOII. She is live music enthusiast, feminist feline fanatic, and plans to pursue an MBA/MPP in the next two years. (Table 100)

Shaz Rasul, AB'97, SM'08

Executive Director, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

Mr. Rasul graduated from the College in 1997 with a degree in Sociology. While in the College, he was involved in Student Government, the Neighborhood Schools Program, and Henderson House. Mr. Rasul served as US Peace Corps volunteer from 1999-2001, working to retrain teachers in post-apartheid South Africa. He continued to work in the field of education by supporting schools through the CPS UChicago Internet Project (CUIP) in technology and then the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) where partnerships between University students, local schools, and the broader campus community enable better education experiences for local kids. Presently, Mr. Rasul is responsible for aligning student civic engagement activities across campus to improve their efficacy, stimulate innovation, and create new partnerships. He also holds a Computer Science degree from UChicago (SM'08). (Table 101)

Louisa Richardson-Deppe, AB'17

Sales and Customer Success Associate, NowPow

Ms. Richardson-Deppe graduated from the College in 2017 with a degree in Sociology. While in the College, she was involved with Student Government, Ex Libris Cafe, Motet Choir, and the Women in Public Service Program (WPSP). She currently works at NowPow, a social impact technology company based in Hyde Park. Louisa's personal, academic, and professional interests share common themes of caring, community, and connections between individuals and institutions. She lives in Woodlawn and sings in the Rockefeller Chapel Choir as an alumni member. (Table 99)