Black Alumni in Public Service


Join Black alumni on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. CT to learn more about their experiences as they've navigated careers in politics and public service. 


Kennedy Green (AB '18) works at the American Bar Association as a Project Manager, where she manages the Judicial Fellow and Judicial Outreach Liaison (JOL) Program. She was previously at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, where she managed the Chicago volunteer program. At the UChicago, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Law, Letters, and Society. Additionally, Kennedy received her master’s degree from the Committee on International Relations within UChicago’s Division of Social Sciences. While at UChicago, Kennedy’s research covered international and domestic migration law, the political theory of international coercion, and the legal history of race relations in the United States and Latin America. During her time at UChicago, Kennedy also worked at the Institute of Politics, the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, and Justice Centre Hong Kong in Hong Kong.

Ariel Salmon (AB '20) is a Legal Assistant at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, supporting Water and Natural Places cases for ELPC’s attorneys. She interned at ELPC in the summer of 2019, working on air quality monitoring, supply chain reports, and CAFO analysis. Ariel is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago, where she studied Political Science and completed a senior thesis studying the intersection of black conservatism and digital media. Prior to her time at ELPC, Ariel worked as a Senior Resident Assistant on campus, where she planned and organized events, supported resident needs and concerns, and managed relationships with supervisors. She has long been motivated by public interest work, previously interning at Heartland Alliance International, U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush’s Chicago Office, and Refugee Services of Texas.

Chase Woods (AB '17): A native of Chicago's western suburbs, Chase graduated from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. After graduation, Chase began his career in public service working for U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) as a Staff Assistant. Chase then worked for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) as his Special Assistant and, later, as a Legislative Aide for Healthcare, Education, and Labor policy. Chase also worked as a member of Sen. Bennet's advance and political team during his 2020 Presidential run. Now, he finds himself at Georgetown University Law Center as a 1L law student. He is primarily focused on criminal defense, poverty law, and the potential for the law to create a more just and equitable society more generally. He will spend his summer working for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland.

Note: This event if off the record.

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UChicago students will receive information on how to access the webinar 60 minutes before the program begins.