Northwestern Women's Leadership Coalition

Executive Board

Executive Board

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President: Addie Maguire

Addie is originally from Eugene, Oregon. She studied history and health and societies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude. After college, she taught high school science in the Mississippi Delta. She is also on the board for If/When/How and volunteers with Street Law and Power Lunch. Outside of law school, she loves to hike, ski, listen to podcasts, and craft the perfect cheese board.

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Vice President: Ellen Baron

Ellen is from Portland, Oregon. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in International Relations, minored in French and Forensics & Criminality, and graduated magna cum laude. After college she worked in the United States Senate for over six years, primarily as an advisor on financial services and tax policy. Apart from the WLC she is on the Bartlit Center National Trial Team and a member of StreetLaw. When not at law school she experiments with calligraphy and explores Chicago by trying new restaurants and going to improv shows.

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Treasurer::

Ann Bright

Ann was born and raised in sunny Yorba Linda, CA. She attended UCLA, majoring in Political Science and Human Biology & Society and graduated summa cum laude. After graduating college she came straight law school. Apart from the WLC, Ann is involved in WITS and Power Lunch. When not at law school she likes to find the best coffee in the city, watch Parks and Rec episodes on Netflix, and pet every dog she meets!

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Communications Director: Sahar Merchant

Sahar grew up outside of Chicago in Northbrook, IL and graduated Phi Beta Kappa (and a semester early) from Emory University. After graduation, she traveled for a few months to rest her brain before starting law school. In addition to serving as WLC's Communications Director, Sahar is the president of the Labor and Employment Law Group and on the executive board of the Sports Law Society. Outside of law school, Sahar enjoys going to Chisel at Fitness Formula Club, obsessing over the Blackhawks and eating at every trendy sushi restaurant in the city.

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Co-Director of Alumnae Relations: Zoë Helstrom

Zoë grew up in many places around the U.S. but most recently called San Francisco her home base after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. During her undergraduate career, Zoë majored in Society & Environment and minored Spanish Language & Literature; she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and With Honors. Zoë went on to work at a civil rights, employment rights, and disability rights firm, then in corporate social responsibility, and finally in public policy advocacy focusing on workforce development and transportation issues in the Bay Area. In addition to her position with WLC, Zoë is the President of the Environmental Law Society and Internal Mentorship Chair for the Public Interest Law Group. When in a warmer climate, she loves to hike and rock climb; in Chicago, she loves to cook, work on crossword puzzles, and obsess over dogs.

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Co-Director of Alumnae Relations: Lauri Bonacorsi

Lauri grew up in St. Louis, Missouri until she was 14, and then lived in a number of states, as well as Milan, Italy, while training and competing as an international figure skater. At the University of Pennsylvania, she graduated summa cum laude with a major in political science with an international relations concentration, and a minor in psychology. Following graduation, Lauri helped manage an interdisciplinary behavioral science research initiative at the University of Pennsylvania led by Dr. Angela Duckworth and Dr. Katherine Milkman, experts in psychology and and economics, respectively. In addition to working as WLC's Director of Alumnae Relations, Lauri is the Director of Membership for Northwestern's chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Women's Rights Project Coordinator for Northwestern's ACLU chapter, and a member of the Journal of Law and Social Policy. Outside of law school, Lauri enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and staying active.

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Co-Director of Community Development: Marijo Enderle

Marijo is from Rockton, a town in northern Illinois near the Wisconsin border. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, majoring in Political Science. After graduation, she worked for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Springfield, IL right across the street from Abraham Lincoln's law office. When she's not at law school, you can find Marijo riding her bike, listening to podcasts, or trying to predict the plot twists in television shows.

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Co-Director of Community Development: Leksa Pravdic

Leksa grew up in Downers Grove, IL. She attended the College of William and Mary, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Hispanic Studies. After college, she taught English for a year in Serbia, then worked in ethical compliance auditing and industrial supply. In addition to serving on the WLC board, Leksa is President of the Moot Court Society and a teaching assistant for criminal law. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog at the lake and knitting.

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Emily Jones

Emily is from Highland Park, IL. She attended Vanderbilt University studying Anthropology with a Human Rights concentration and minors in Spanish and Human and Organizational Development. She graduated magna cum laude from the Vanderbilt College Scholars Honors Program. After college she stayed in Nashville and spent two years working at a nonprofit law firm and two years in university development. Apart from the WLC she is the Events Chair for the Public Interest Law Group (PILG) and is a TA for Criminal Law. When not at law school she likes trying new recipes, exploring the city with friends, and planning her next international trip.

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Yunah Ko

Yunah grew up in Seoul, South Korea. She attended Yonsei University, graduating with a degree in English Language and Literature and a minor in Economics. After college, Yunah worked as a paralegal at an asset management company for a year and a half. Apart from the WLC, Yunah is also the Vice President of Programming for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Outside of law school, Yunah enjoys walking around the city, going to concerts and face timing her dog in Korea.

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Co-Director of Mentorship: Miranda Roberts

Miranda is from Seattle, WA and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Economy. Before attending law school she worked as senior staff to the Lieutenant Governor of Washington State managing the economic development and international relations policy portfolio. Along with serving on the WLC Board, Miranda is a member of the American Constitution Society and a summer clerk for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Outside of law school, she enjoys trying overpriced fad workout classes, listening to policy podcasts, and discovering new coffee shops to satisfy her Seattle-cultivated espresso addiction.

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Co-Director of Mentorship: Savannah Berger

Savannah grew up in West Hartford, CT. She attended Connecticut College, where she majored in Government and History and graduated cum laude, with honors study and distinction in the major fields. Prior to law school, Savannah worked as a paralegal in New York City, first at an Am Law 100 firm and then in-house at a meal kit company. In addition to her role with WLC, Savannah is involved in Northwestern's Student Bar Association. Outside of law school, she enjoys going to concerts, teaching skating lessons, and spending time outdoors with her lab.

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Co-Director of Professional Development: Emily Gleichert

Emily grew up in Northeast Ohio. She's realized that saying she's from the Youngstown area has taken on a whole different meaning since entering law school. Emily attended the University of Michigan where she majored in anthropology and minored in environmental studies. After graduating, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon working on sustainable agricultural practices. When her two year term was complete, she returned to Ann Arbor to work in UofM's Office of Foundation Relations before coming to Northwestern. In her free time Emily enjoys writing letters and searching for great bookstores.

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Co-Director of Professional Development: Kate Fintel

Kate is from Highland Park, IL. She attended Northwestern University, graduating in 2014 with a double major in Political Science and Legal Studies and certificate from the Brady Scholar Program. After college, Kate worked as a paralegal in BigLaw and at a mid-sized Chicago firm. When not at law school, Kate likes to hang out with her family and friends and watch crime dramas.

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Co-Director of Symposium: Aimee Quenneville

Aimee is from Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Toronto and graduated with a specialist degree in Sexual Diversity Studies, as well as a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. She was the recipient of the University College Award for Sexual Diversity Studies in 2014, while she was studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, France. After undergrad she moved to London, England and completed a Masters of Arts in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS, University of London. She then worked for two years across the UK as a front line domestic violence advocate. Apart from the WLC she is an Associate Producer for the Wigmore Follies and can be found lobbying for international students’ interests. When not at law school she likes to talk politics, meet new people, try new restaurants and travel as much as possible- she is writing this bio on a bus in rural Uruguay.

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Co-Director of Symposium: Madi Sosa

Madi was born and raised in Metro Detroit Michigan. She attended the University of Toledo and graduated in 2018 With Honors, Alpha Chi Omega with a major in Law and Social Thought and a minor in Political Science. Aside from working as a Director of Symposium of WLC, Madi is Co-Coordinator of Chicago Youth Programs. When not at the law school, Madi enjoys playing with her dog Simba, practicing yoga, and trying out new coffee shops.