The Juvenile Justice Initiative Board and Staff gratefully remember and honor the memory of our first Chair, Frank Kopecky.
JUVENILE JUSTICE INITIATIVE BOARD 2019-2020
Chair: Michael “Mike” Rodriguez, Chicago
Mike Rodriguez, the current Chair of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, has devoted his life to advocacy for marginalized communities. Before his election to serve Cook County residents as alderman, Mike was Executive Director of Enlace Chicago, a nonprofit organization based in Little Village with programs in violence prevention, education, community development, health, and immigration advocacy. He also served as Vice President of the National Council of La Raza, Affiliate Council (now Unidos US) and as a Gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.
First Vice-Chair: Paula Wolff, Chicago; Policy Advisor, IL Justice Project
Second Vice-Chair: Ngozi Okorafor; Director of Employment Actions, Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Secretary: David Reed, Evanston; Retired.
Treasurer: George Hill, Decatur; Former owner MidStates Construction Co.
Julie Anderson, Chicago
Christine Bass, Chicago
Khadine Bennett, Chicago
Julie Biehl, Chicago
Eddie Bocanegra, Chicago
Amy Campanelli, Chicago
Terry Carmichael, Springfield
Courtney Carson, Decatur
Herschella Conyers, Chicago
Catherine Hart, Springfield
Mark D. Hassakis, Mt. Vernon
George Hill, Decatur
Hon. James M. Radcliffe, Belleville
Keyria Rodgers, Decatur
Leo Smith, Chicago
Hon. George Timberlake, Mt. Vernon
Litesa Wallace, Rockford
David Whittaker, Chicago
Veronica Williams, Zion