Executive Board


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President Ridgley Knapp is a second-year Public Policy major from Greenwich, Connecticut. He spent last summer working for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in Washington, D.C. and volunteering for campaigns in Virginia and Connecticut. During the school year, he volunteers for statewide and Congressional campaigns in Illinois, rows for the Varsity crew team, and tries to figure out what to do with his life.
Executive Director Madeleine Johnson is a second-year majoring in Classics and Political Science, born in Missouri and now living in Kansas. She’s passionate about accessibility in every form: voting rights, transparency, and remembering that there are people who don’t read Politico (sorry guys!). In her spare time, you can find her writing out verb paradigms or watching Law and Order SVU, sometimes at the same time.


Treasurer Arthur Genser is a first-year from Naperville, IL majoring in Political Science and Computer Science. As a resident in a currently red district, he is committed to turning Illinois as blue as possible come November and works as an organizing fellow for a campaign for governor. In his free time, Artur enjoys being outdoors or watching Netflix or checking polls like they’re an addiction.
Communications Director Charlie Rollason is a second-year Political Science and Public Policy major with a passion for reproductive rights. As a sexual health educator, she lives for improving educational policy and increasing accessibility to healthcare. In her free time, Charlie indulges in bad rom-coms, digs into Chipotle, and rants about Marco Rubio!
Andy Hatem
Communications Director Andy Hatem is a second-year Public Policy major. Born in New York and raised in Eastern France, he’s passionate about public transit, education, and anti-machine politics. In his free time, Andy enjoys crosswording, reading The Onion, and watching his beloved Red Sox lose in new and interesting ways.




Sam Roth
Political Director Sam Roth is a third-year Public Policy major focusing on politics and policy in Chicago. Born and raised in the city, he has held internships in government, non-profit political advocacy, and campaigns at the state and local levels, and is excited to use this experience to help other UChicago Democrats get involved in politics. In his free time, Sam enjoys reading, watching sports, and astronomy.
Ben Koch
Secretary Ben Koch is a first-year majoring in math and specializing in economics. He loves debate and public speaking, and he has worked with the New York City Urban Debate League to teach debate to students from underfunded programs. He enjoys Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, long naps, and reminding people that he’s not *that* kind of Koch.
Emma Dyer
Operations Manager Emma Dyer  is a first year majoring in Biology and Political Science. She is a Democrat from Ohio passionate about increasing civic engagement and voter turnout. A writer for the Chicago Maroon and the University of Chicago’s political review journal The Gate, she hopes to pursue science communications and journalism after completing her undergraduate studies.





Kate Lindgren
Operations Manager Kate Lindgren is a second-year in the college double majoring in Economics and Public Policy. She’s excited to get more educated on, and involved with, political issues in Chicago, while making sure her home congressional district, the 14th, a little west of Chicago, turns blue in November. Her hobbies include Netflix bingeing, listening to podcasts, and eating just enough fruits and vegetables to not get scurvy.
President Emeritus Anais Rosenblatt is a third year from Boca Raton, FL studying Political Science. She is a lifelong Democrat and political enthusiast. She is passionate about organizing in Latinx communities, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Latinx Caucus for College Democrats of America. She is very excited to spend 2018 helping Democrats get the nation back on track.