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Anna Warner

Anna Warner is a native Chicagoan born raised in the historic south side neighborhood of Hyde Park. The importance of arts and education was instilled in her from a young age by her grandmother and one of Urban Gateways’ founders, Jessie Woods. Anna spent most of her youth attending art galas, symphonies and museums with …

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Vanessa Roman

Vanessa is a California native living in Chicago who is fascinated by art and history. Vanessa’s passion for travel sparked an interest in the humanities, leading her to study abroad in Paris, France, and pursue a degree in Cultural Anthropology. All of this culminated in a desire to support local cultural institutions and communities through …

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Trevor Owens

Trevor moved to Chicago in 2019 from rural Indiana. He is currently working with the US Census Bureau, helping ensure all Chicagoans are counted. He spends most of his spare time growing his passion for history and audio education with his history podcast Coming Together/Coming Apart.

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Rosie Schultz

Rosie Schultz is originally from Durango, Colorado. She moved to Chicago in 2013 to attend Columbia College and immerse herself in the thriving arts and cultural community here. She is currently the Special Events Associate at Thresholds. When she’s not planning parties for good causes she’s experimenting with new punch recipes, tap dancing, crafting, or busy …

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Michelle Long

Michelle is a government technology strategist with Deloitte focused on creating a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive Chicago. Prior to joining Deloitte, Michelle worked on a range of community reinvestment efforts in civic technology, housing, and police reform as a fellow with City Tech Collaborative, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the …

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Mari Moroz

Mari Moroz is originally from Minneapolis, MN and came to Chicago in 2019 through way of Des Moines, IA, where she also received her degree in public relations from Drake University. She is the public relations manager at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mari is a movie buff,  a (nearly) certified dancer instructor & avid …

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Jake Sanders

Originally from Massachusetts, Jake came to Chicago in 2009 to study at North Park University to study theatre and comedy. After working in the craft beer industry for almost five years he recently made the switch to finance working for Morningstar Inc. In his spare time he can be found biking, kayaking, hanging out at …

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Geena Wakeley

Geena is a Chicago native from the Southside. She is an alumni of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Communications. Geena attributes her passion for the arts from classes & performances she was able to partake in as a CPS student. She began her …

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Dylan Oncken

Dylan Oncken is originally from Chicago’s Western suburbs and is a current resident of Lincoln Park. A graduate of Miami University (OH), Dylan currently works in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations practice. In addition to engaging regularly in Chicago with theatre, visual art, and live music of all kinds, Dylan enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and playing …

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Derek Brinkley

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Derek began his career in higher education in 2010. An opportunity to move to Chicago landed in his lap in 2014 and he began working for Loyola University Chicago where he helped launch Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago  – a two year program for low-income, first generation college students that …

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