Malcolm C. Rich
Executive Director
Malcolm C. Rich is the Executive Director of Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. He also serves as chairperson of Appleseed’s Executive Directors’ Council and is Vice President of the Appleseed Board of Directors. Mr. Rich is a 1979 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law where he was the recipient of a Northwestern University Center for Urban Affairs Research Fellowship.

Mr. Rich serves on the Advisory Board of the John Howard Association and is a volunteer and former member of the Board of Directors of Horizon Hospice. He is of counsel to the law firm of Whitted Cleary + Takiff LLC, where he specializes in special education and mental health law. Mr. Rich began his career as a Research Attorney with the American Judicature Society, and is the former Executive Director of the Foundation for Educational Research.


 Ali Abid
Staff Attorney and Criminal Justice Policy Analyst
Ali is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School where he was an editor of the John Marshall Law Review. Prior to joining Appleseed, he served as the George N. Leighton Fellow for the study of Prisoners’ Rights, teaching and researching on matters related to criminal justice reform and mass incarceration.


Elizabeth Monkus
Staff Attorney, Director of the Center for Judicial Performance & Integrity
Elizabeth leads the research team for the Judicial Performance Commission and generally focuses on judicial reform projects at Chicago Appleseed. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an editor at the American Criminal Law Review and a member of the Federal Legislation Clinic. Prior to joining Chicago Appleseed, she worked both as a criminal defense attorney in the public and private sectors, as well as in civil litigation. Elizabeth has been an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at Governors State University and a writing advisor at The John Marshall Law School Writing Resource Center.


Senior Policy Analyst & Manager of Special Projects
In collaboration with staff, student, and pro bono professionals, Katy supports Chicago Appleseed’s public and nonprofit partners by providing project management, law and policy research, brief consultation, training and grant development services. Currently, Katy manages the Cook County Access to Community Treatment (ACT) Court, an Adult Redeploy Illinois justice reinvestment program. The ACT Court is demonstrating ways to serve felony defendants with substance use disorders and extensive justice system involvement in a community–rather than custodial–setting. Katy holds a JD from University of Chicago Law School, an MA in public policy studies from the University of Chicago Harris School, and a BA from DePauw University.
Membership and Development Associate
Kathleen has spent her career as a writer and researcher in the nonprofit world and academia. Her policy interests include economic inequality, social welfare programs, and gender and workplace issues. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and was a Ph.D. student in public policy at the University of Chicago. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to The Nation, Washington Monthly, Bookforum, The Baffler, and other outlets.


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