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Deb has taught museum management at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies since 2005. Eric Kwak is a Program Manager for the Oakland Public Education Fund overseeing a grant that promotes STEM education and engineering pathways for underrepresented students in the Oakland Unified School District. Prior to this position, Eric worked at the Alameda County Office of Education advocating for adequate public school funding in California and as a Head Start teacher in Chicago. Eric grew up in Koreatown, Los Angeles as a low-income undocumented student attending the schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Eric’s first teacher in the United States was a Korean American second grade teacher who instilled a sense of identity and confidence in his background as a Korean-American. He believes that this experience was crucial to the trajectory of his career.

Astou was born in Dakar, Senegal, immigrated to the United States at the age of seven and was raised in Harlem, New York. As a high school student, Astou learned of her immigration status and struggled to access higher education due to its limitations. In 2013, she received DACA status, which granted her the ability to work, allowing her to finance her education without any state, federal, or private aid. These experiences curly wolf cut have fueled her unwavering commitment to serving low-income communities of color. By 2015, Astou graduated cum laude with a double major bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Hunter College at the City University of New York. With a passion for empowerment through education, she joined Teach for America New York City and served in the corps in Harlem as an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher.

The Super Lawyers patented selection process is peer influenced and research driven, selecting the top 5% of attorneys to the Super Lawyers lists each year. Robin Bayes is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Northwestern, and a research consultant at the Climate Advocacy Lab. Her research applies paradigms from political psychology to study public beliefs and attitudes about science, climate change, and the environment in the United States. Her work has been published in Political Psychology, Environmental Communication, Thinking & Reasoning, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. Robin’s teaching interests and experience include environmental politics, American politics, quantitative research methods, and experiment and survey design.

He is a past member of the SHRM Foundation Thought Leaders and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Administration and a member of the Committee on Corporate Development at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s Chicago Field Studies internship program. Jeff has published more than 50 articles in management and professional journals and is the primary author of a book on mergers and acquisitions. He was also member of that firm’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and served as the firm’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Jill has worked with the Consumer & Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs for decades, leading, influencing and guiding investment management professionals and their clients. Jill received her B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Goldman Sachs Chicago Women’s Network and is an active member in the Illinois Theatre Association. Prior to her corporate life, Jill picked up grant writing skills with Manhattan Punch Line, an off-Broadway NYC theatre and worked on new play development at the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis.

For five years, she led Teach For America’s efforts to recruit and place teachers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in classrooms throughout the country. Through her leadership, the program recruited over 240 DACAmented educators who are teaching in 22 cities across 11 states. Viridiana has been recognized by the League of United American Citizens and the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for her leadership and dedication to the immigration community.

There is also a section devoted to African American names, which are both unique and culturally interesting. Also included are some given names that are more commonly in the United States than in England and other European countries, and which may have originated in America. The use of surnames as given names is more prevalent in the United States than in most countries. Geographical and topographic names, place of origin, or words descriptive of local landmarks, e.g., Van Amsterdam, Montefiore. By this time I was hooked, so I spent the next three years collecting names and doing my best to authenticate them. I wanted to fill a gap that was glaringly obvious in the other name books with which I became acquainted—that is they were limited in scope to only a few areas of the world, chiefly Europe.

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