Northwestern Women's Leadership Coalition

Executive Board

Executive Board

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President: Mari González

Mari was born and raised in Miami, FL, developing a deep love for espresso and sunshine. She attended the University of Florida, graduating in 2013 with a double-major in English and Spanish Literature, and a minor in Anthropology. After college, Mari moved to rural South Carolina, where she worked as a high school Spanish teacher with Teach for America. Upon completing her two-year commitment with Teach for America, she continued her education work in South Carolina as a teacher coach. Apart from working as President of WLC, Mari is also the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Latino Law Students Association and a member of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. When not in law school, she enjoys attempting adventurous recipes, reading fiction, and finding the perfect cup of coffee. 

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Vice President: 

Kathleen Gould

Kathleen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in London, England. She graduated from Vassar College in 2015 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Following graduation, she lived in New York City for two years, where she worked as a trial preparation assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Besides serving as Vice President of the WLC, Kathleen is a member of Northwestern University Law Review and a member of Collaboration for Justice. Outside of law school, Kathleen enjoys exploring Chicago, listening to true crime podcasts, and watching live music.

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Treasurer:

Katie Adams

Katie grew up in Rumson, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a degree in Finance. Following graduation, she lived in New York City where she worked for four years as a consultant to financial institutions in EY’s Capital Management practice. Besides serving as the WLC Treasurer, Katie is a Vice President of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center Group, a member of the Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, and an Admissions tour guide. In her free time, she loves exploring New York and Chicago restaurants, practicing yoga and following her alma mater’s sports.

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Director of

 

Alumnae

 

Relations: 

 

Abigail Bachrach

Abigail grew up in Chicago and attended Yeshiva University, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Following graduation, she worked at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for a year and then at a financial services firm in Chicago. In addition to her role for the WLC, Abigail is a member of the Northwestern University Law Review. In her spare time, she volunteers for SHALVA, an organization that offers domestic abuse counseling services, and for the Chicago Women Charity Players, a non-profit theatre troupe in the suburbs.

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Communications

Director: 

Kara Grandin

Kara grew up outside of Boston and graduated from George Washington University in 2014. After graduation, she worked for three years at an e-commerce company in merchandising and project management. In addition to serving as WLC's Communications Director, Kara is also a member of the Moot Court Society and Northwestern University Law Review. Outside of law school, Kara enjoys going to boxing class, cheering on the Patriots and questing for the best tacos in Chicago. 

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Community

Development Co-Director: 

Valerie Davenport 

 

Valerie was born in Washington State but grew up all over the U.S. as a military kid. She graduated from Wheaton College in 2013 with a degree in anthropology. Before law school, Valerie worked for four years on the west side of Chicago as a program manager for a community development nonprofit. Besides serving on the WLC board, Valerie is a member of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and volunteers at the Katten/LAF De Diego Legal Aid Clinic. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, finding nature in the city, and walking anywhere.

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Community

Development Co-Director: Anastasiya Lobacheva

Anastasiya grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Philosophy and French in 2015. After graduation, Anastasiya worked at a large law firm in New York City as a litigation paralegal for two years. In addition to her role as Community Development Director for WLC, Anastasiya is also the Student Activism Coordinator of the Northwestern Chapter of the ACLU and a member of the Northwestern University Law Review. In her free time, Anastasiya enjoys listening to podcasts about other cultures and following dog Instagram accounts.

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Membership Co-

Director: 

Christine Geils

Christine was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She grew up dancing and graduated from Indiana University in 2014 with a degree in Ballet, Arts Management, and Journalism. Following graduation she hung up her pointe shoes and moved to Boston, where she was a litigation legal assistant for a large law firm. Besides serving on the WLC Board, Christine is a member of the Northwestern University Law Review, StreetLaw, Hurricane/Disaster Emergency Legal Project, and Student Bar Association. When time allows, Christine’s preferred methods of procrastination include looking at overpriced real estate on Zillow and watching reality TV.

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Membership Co-

Director::

Sadaf Misbah

Sadaf comes from Des Plaines, Illinois, and attended University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with a degree in Biology and a minor in English. Besides serving on the WLC board, she is also a member of the Bartlit Trial team, and is on the board of the South Asian Law Student Association, the Northwestern Law Democrats, and the Intellectual Property Law Society. Outside of law school, she enjoys reading science fiction and traveling.

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Mentorship

Co-Director: 

Beth Lebens

Beth grew up in San Luis Obispo, California and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2016 with a double major in Global Studies and Linguistics. After graduating, Beth did linguistics research at her undergrad campus and worked as a barista before beginning law school. In addition to being on the WLC board, she is a member of Northwestern University Law Review and a teaching assistant for torts. Beth also volunteers as a LiveHelp Operator for Illinois Legal Aid Online. In her free time, Beth enjoys watching soccer and traveling.

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Mentorship

Co-Director:

Sydney Black

Sydney is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Psychology and International Studies. After graduation, she worked at the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on local counterterrorism programming, and then at The Soufan Group, an international strategic security consultancy. In addition to serving on the WLC Board, Sydney is a member of the SBA Academic and Admissions Committees. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and watching Alabama football.

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Professional

Development

Co-Director: 

Elizabeth Garai

Elizabeth is from Newton, MA and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Political Science. After college, she worked for two years in wealth management. In addition to her role on the WLC board, Elizabeth is an APEx Advisor, a member of the Journal of Law and Social Policy, and a teaching assistant for CLR. When she's not at school, you can find Elizabeth exercising at Equinox, eating at one of Chicago's great restaurants, or playing in the park with her goldendoodle, Brodie.

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Professional

Development

Co-Director: 

Diana Perez

Diana is a native Chicagoan and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 with a degree in Political Science, Global Studies, and Spanish. In addition to her role as Co-Director of Professional Development, Diana is the Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Latino Law Students Association and a criminal law teaching assistant. Diana volunteers her time with the Jose de Diego legal clinic and participates in the Street Law program. In her free time, Diana enjoys art museums, sailing, and playing golf. 

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Symposium

Co-Director: 

Mary Fay Karras

Mary Fay grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended Northwestern University, graduating in 2014 with degrees in Economics and in History. Following graduation, she worked in Chicago as a data analytics consultant at Navigant Consulting. Besides serving on the WLC Board, Mary Fay serves as President of Street Law, as a teaching assistant, and as a member of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. In her free time, Mary Fay enjoys spending time with her family and friends and trying new Chicago restaurants.

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Symposium

C0-Director: 

Devonna Thompson

Devonna was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating in 2017 with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Communication. Following graduation, Devonna moved back to Chicago to pursue her J.D. at Northwestern Prizker School of Law, class of 2020. Besides serving as the Symposium Director of WLC, she is the Vice President of Programming for the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center (DPELC), Vice President of Community Partnerships for Street Law, a volunteer for WITS Power Lunch, and has served on the Events Committee for BLSA. In her free time she enjoys dancing, writing poetry, swimming, mentoring youth, and traveling.

3L Representative

Sam Fidler

Sam was born and raised in Los Angeles and attended Cornell University, graduating in 2014 with a degree in Government and a minor in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Following graduation, she lived in New York City for two years, where she worked as a litigation legal assistant for a large law firm. Besides serving as the WLC President, Sam is a member of the Student Admissions Committee, the Moot Court Society, Streetlaw, the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and If/When/How. Additionally, she acts as a civil procedure teaching assistant and a Chicago Youth Programs tutor. In her free time Sam enjoys exploring Chicago and binge watching Netflix.