Executive Board


Roberto Velasco-Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief

Roberto Velasco-Alvarez is the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review. He previously served as Senior Editor for Law & Politics. He is interested in Business, Strategy, Cities & Politics. Prior to joining CPR, Roberto worked for more than nine years in government, strategic communications, and politics. He holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.


Emily Firgens, Executive Editor

Emily (’17) is the senior editor for Labor & Finance. She is interested in urban policy focused on poverty alleviation.


Effee Coello, Executive Editor

Effee Coello is an Executive Editor for the Chicago Policy Review, who previously served as Senior Editor for Child & Family. Effee has also worked in a number of capacities at various academic research centers and national nonprofit organizations. Effee holds an M.P.P., an M.S., and a B.A. from the Universities of Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, respectively.

Isabelle Dienstag, Executive Editor

Isabelle Dienstag is Executive Editor of the Chicago Policy Review and previously held the role of Senior Copy Editor. Isabelle’s policy interests include education, politics, and municipal finance, and she has had internships with Advance Illinois and Chicago Public Schools. Prior to attending Harris, Isabelle worked in development and fundraising at a charter school in Chicago. She holds an B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Isabelle also serves as an Associate’s Board Member at Sarah’s Circle, a nonprofit focusing on women’s homelessness in Chicago.

Laura Bergedieck, Director of Business Development

Laura (MPP ’17) takes care of CPR’s outreach to current and potential readers and manages the social media team. She previously serves as Staff Writer in the Energy & Environment section. She is interested in energy and climate policy, migration and organizational management. Previously, she worked at the international non-profit organization CDP, driving climate change solutions with businesses, investors and European governments.

Anna Hazard, Director of Digital Media

Anna previously served as the web developer for the Chicago Policy Review and as a data visualization editor for Urban Affairs. She currently works as a data journalism and graphics intern for the non-profit news organization Injustice Watch. Anna is in interested in civic tech, data journalism, and interaction design.

Lauren Speigel, Director of Publications

Lauren is interested in crime policy, nonfiction, and cooking.