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.

Sharlyn Grace
Staff Attorney and Senior Policy Analyst
Sharlyn is a lawyer and a co-founder of the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Prior to joining Appleseed, she managed a school-based restorative justice program in Back of the Yards and coordinated the Juvenile Expungement Help Desk at the Cook County Juvenile Center. Sharlyn is passionate about racial justice and criminal legal system reform efforts, including prisoners’ rights, ending police violence, and decarceration.
Elizabeth Monkus
Staff Attorney and Program Manager
Elizabeth leads the research team for our child support and family court project. She also focuses on judicial elections and court administration 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.
Aditi T. Singh
Staff Attorney and Policy Analyst
Aditi is a staff attorney and policy analyst at Chicago Appleseed. Prior to joining Chicago Appleseed, Aditi was a Staff Attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights where she protected and promoted access to education for court-involved youth in the Chicago-area. She currently serves on the Board of the South Asian American Policy & Research Institute and the Associate Board of the Indo-American Center. She is also a Collective Member of Chicago Desi Youth Rising, an organization that runs a leadership retreat for South Asian youth who want to grow as change-makers. Aditi earned her B.A. in World Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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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