News Tag: CBF Staff

February 22, 2021

elena dennisThank You Elena and Good Luck!

February brought the bittersweet news that our Director of Development & Communications, Elena Dennis, is going to be leaving us at the end of the month for a new position with LINK Unlimited Scholars. LINK Unlimited is an impressive organization helping African American youth to succeed in high school and beyond, and Elena will have […]

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January 20, 2021

hiring post graphicThe CBF is Hiring a New Associate Director for Grants & COO

After 16 years of exemplary leadership and great work for the CBF, Dina Merrell will be leaving Chicago and leaving the CBF for new horizons.

We will have more to say about this bittersweet news and the tremendous impact Dina has made during her tenure soon, but we are now in the market for a new […]

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October 1, 2020

Jessica BednarzJessica Bednarz Named to Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Jessica Bednarz, CBF Director of Innovation & the JEP, on being named one of this year’s Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under 40 recipients. Jess joins a very distinguished group of 2020 honorees, and we are incredibly proud of all the work she has done to improve access to justice in our community. […]

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March 17, 2020

Thank you Trevor, and Welcome Samoane!

It’s been a bittersweet month at the CBF. After four and a half years as Director of the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project, Trevor Clarke has left the CBF to become a full-time Executive Director at Working Bikes, a non-profit organization that gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local […]

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December 30, 2019

jep logoCBF Seeks JEP Community & Training Manager

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project Community & Training Manager will be responsible for serving as the point person for and manager of the JEP Network, Managing and continually evaluating the JEP curriculum, mentoring program and knowledge management tools, and developing user-friendly and accessible resources for public education and outreach.  The CBF offers a competitive salary, […]

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December 14, 2018

cbf staff collageCBF Staff Share a Common Passion for Justice

Over the course of 70 years, the CBF has gone through quite an evolution to become the organization it is today one focused on improving access to justice through grants, community leadership, and policy advocacy in the courts and legislative process. For nearly half of the CBF’s existence, there was no need for staff offices […]

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November 1, 2018

We’re Hiring!

The CBF seeks a Development & Administrative Coordinator to join our team.

The Development & Administrative Coordinator plays a key role in supporting the development team, assisting in database management, and performing administrative tasks crucial to a well-functioning office. An integral member of the CBF Development Team, this position provides administrative and strategic support to the Development Team and also supports the Associate Director and the Senior Manager of Finance & Operations. The CBF offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and flexible work environment. Learn more…

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November 29, 2017

Thank you Ryanne!

For the second time this year, the CBF faced the bittersweet moment of saying thank you and good luck to one of our longtime colleagues who moved out of state for personal reasons.

Ryanne Easley, who has been an integral part of the CBF in many roles, recently moved to New York when her husband Jeff accepted a dream job offer to become assistant general counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association.

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May 23, 2017

Thank you Kelly!

This month marked a bittersweet occasion at the CBF as Kelly Tautges, our Director of Pro Bono and Court Advocacy since 2008, followed her heart back to her home state of Minnesota and took on a new role there as Pro Bono Counsel and Director of Pro Bono and Community Service for the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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February 23, 2017

Dina Merrell Elected to GCIR Board of Directors

Dina Merrell, Associate Director for the CBF, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), a national organization of foundations and grantmaking programs from throughout the country. Other new members joining the GCIR Board with Dina include Evan Bacalao from the Open Society Foundations, Shawn Morehead from the New York Community Trust, and Luna Yasui of the Ford Foundation. Congratulations, Dina!

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