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. They previously served as Senior Editor for Child & Family. As a policy researcher, they are interested in the relationship between social policy and human development. Effee has previously worked in a number of research capacities at various academic centers and nonprofit organizations in the field of education. They hold an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy.

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) is interested in energy, environment and climate policy. 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.