Our People

ELPC’s effective strategy is built by many people across multiple states.

Our multidisciplinary staff employs teamwork approaches using legal, economic, public policy, and communications tools to produce successes that improve our environment and economy. ELPC is governed by a board composed of leaders from the business academic, legal, and civic sectors, and we are guided by expertise from several advisory councils.

Howard A. Learner

Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Daniel Abrams

Associate Attorney

Jovito Alvarez


Carolyn S. Boyce


Kevin Brubaker

Chief Operations Officer & Deputy Director

Maria Dambriunas

Associate Attorney

Alondra Estrada

Legal Assistant

Steve Falck

Senior Policy Advocate

Pam Feldman

Senior Foundation Relations Officer

Kathleen Garvey

Staff Attorney

Kerri M. Gefeke

Associate Attorney

Jill Geiger

Special Projects Director

Pouyan Hatami

Data Scientist

Juli Jackson


Robert Kelter

Managing Attorney

Brad Klein

Managing Attorney

Genevieve Kwan

Illinois Government Affairs Representative

Rebecca Lowy

Associate Attorney

Josh Mandelbaum

Senior Attorney

Mary McClelland

Chief Communications Officer

Erica S. McConnell

Staff Attorney

David McEllis

Illinois Legislative Director

Sean C. McNealy

Foundation Relations Officer

Ann Mesnikoff

Federal Legislative Director

Robert Michaels

Managing Attorney

Susan Mudd

Senior Policy Advocate

Judith Nemes

Media Relations Specialist

Karsten Neumeister

Media Relations Specialist

Mary Frances O’Connor

Chief Development Officer

Andy Olsen

Senior Policy Advocate

Libby Prakel

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Alana Reynolds

Associate Attorney

Lena Guerrero Reynolds

Communications Writer

Saad Siddique

Economist & Energy Analyst

Samantha Suarez

Digital Communications Strategist

Teagan Thune

Development Assistant

Gillian Vaz-Cronin

Chief HR Officer

Nick Wallace

Associate Attorney

Ellis Walton

Associate Attorney