Patrick Delfino was appointed director of the Office of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor in December 2008. Mr. Delfino is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. Before joining the appellate prosecutor’s office as assistant director, Mr. Delfino served as a drug attorney and court specialist with the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and as the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Director of Planning and Special Projects.
Mr. Delfino has taught both at college and law school and is a member of the Sex Offender Management Board and the Department of Children and Family Services Children’s Task Force. Mr. Delfino also serves as executive director of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association. He is a past president of the Illinois Academy of Criminology and a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the National District Attorneys Association.
Dwight Baird was elected Kendall County Sheriff in 2014. Mr. Baird began his law enforcement career with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. He later transferred to the Oswego Police Department where he rose through the ranks to become chief, a role he filled from 2003 to 2014.
Mr. Baird has been recognized for his achievements throughout his career, including receiving a Life Saving Award by the Illinois Police Association and a Medal of Valor award by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He also was named 2014 Illinois Crime Commission Police Chief of the Year.
Mr. Baird is a member of the Illinois Sheriffs Association, National Sheriffs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He is president of the Northern Illinois Zone of Sheriffs, past president of the North East Multi-Regional Training Board, and vice chairman of the Federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency.
Mr. Baird earned a bachelor’s degree in professional studies and criminal justice management form Aurora University and a master’s degree with police executive certification from Western Illinois University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Sheriff’s Institute.
David O. Brown was named Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent in April 2020. He brings more than 30 years of law enforcement experience to Chicago and is nationally recognized for his expertise in reform, public safety, and community policing. Prior to joining CPD, Mr. Brown served as Dallas Police Chief from 2010 to 2016. During that time, Dallas saw a historic reduction in crime and the lowest murder rate in over 80 years.
While with Dallas Police Department (DPD), Mr. Brown worked in patrol divisions, SWAT, and internal affairs. As chief, he equipped officers with body cameras and sought to reform training on the use of lethal force. Mr. Brown served as chief during the 2016 shooting that killed five police officers and injured nine others and two civilians. He made the choice to use an explosive device delivered by a robot to kill the shooter—a decision that likely saved the lives of police officers and civilians alike.
Kahalah A. Clay took office as the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk in 2011. She is the first African American and the first woman to hold the position. Mrs. Clay obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. As an attorney, Mrs. Clay was a full-time public defender and solo practitioner primarily in the area of family law. Prior to being appointed Circuit Clerk, Mrs. Clay was an Asssistant State’s Attorney with the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.
During her Administration, Mrs. Clay has been at the forefront of initiatives like permissive E-filing for attorneys prior to the mandate, on-line pleas through E-Guilty, paperless dockets in Traffic and Misdemeanor Courts, a Centralized Scanning Unit, and Automatic Disposition Reporting with the Secretary of State’s Office. Mrs. Clay served on the Executive Board of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks and became the first African American President in Association history. Mrs. Clay has been appointed to several committees by the Illinois Supreme Court including the Access to Justice Committee and the Commission on Pretrial Practices.
Tom Dart was first sworn in as the 52nd Cook County Sheriff in 2006. Mr. Dart began his career in public service as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County. In 1992, Mr. Dart won a seat in the Illinois House, where he sponsored Mayor Daley’s Safe Neighborhoods Act and authored several state laws designed to crack down on child sex offenders, including a statute that targeted child predators that lure young victims online. Mr. Dart also wrote the Sexually Violent Predators Commitment Act, enabling judges to detain sexual predators in state mental health facilities if they believe the offender is likely to commit new sex crimes. Mr. Dart joined the Cook County Sheriff’s Office in 2003, where he served as chief of staff to former Cook County Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan.
Ngozi Ezike is acting director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Dr. Ezike is a board-certified internist and pediatrician who comes to IDPH from the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), where she served for more than 15 years. She also was medical director at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Prior to joining CCDPH, Dr. Ezike served as Austin Health Center medical director where she actively engaged with the community on a variety of health initiatives. She also has delivered inpatient care at Stroger Hospital and primary and preventive care in community and school-based clinics.
Dr. Ezike is a national policy advisor on juvenile correctional health topics. She received a medical degree from University of California at San Diego and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University. Dr. Ezike also holds a management certificate from Harvard Business School and is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush University.
Brent Fischer was appointed executive director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board in 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fischer served for 17 years as Adams County Sheriff. He began his career at the Adam County Sheriff’s Office as a court security officer in 1991 and was hired as a deputy sheriff in 1994. Mr. Fischer served 10 years as a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, including two years as the board’s chairman, and he is a past president Illinois Sheriff’s Association.
Kimberly M. Foxx was elected Cook County State’s Attorney in 2016 and is the first African-American woman to lead the office. Prior to being elected state’s attorney, Ms. Foxx served as chief of staff or Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. As President Preckwinkle’s senior advisor and lead strategist, she oversaw a $4 billion annual budget. She also was the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Her efforts contributed to a significant drop in the Cook County jail population while promoting public safety.
A veteran prosecutor, Ms. Foxx served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 12 years. She has also served as a guardian ad litem in the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office.
Ms. Foxx is a board member at Adler University and Free Spirit Media, where she also served as board president. Ms. Foxx is a former board chair of Planned Parenthood of Illinois and a past president of the National Black Prosecutors Association-Chicago Chapter. She is a member of Leadership Greater Chicago and the Chicago Council of Lawyers.
Born and raised on Chicago’s Near North Side in Cabrini Green, Ms. Foxx earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Illinois University (SIU) and a juris doctorate from the SIU School of Law.
Garien Gatewood is program director of the Illinois Justice Project. Prior to joining the Illinois Justice Project, Mr. Gatewood was director of policy advocacy at the Juvenile Justice Initiative, where his work focused on policy reform for youth and state and local legislation on the rights of children, detention reform, eliminating youth homelessness, juvenile expungement, and reentry.
Before joining the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Mr. Gatewood worked for the Children’s Law Center on systemic change and individual reentry services for youth throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky. In 2015, he was named one of 10 Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellows of the National Juvenile Justice Network. During his fellowship, he developed a statewide youth reentry guide for Ohio and partnered with organizations throughout the nation to develop youth reentry programs.
Mr. Gatewood is a member of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Advisory Board, National Juvenile Justice Network’s Membership Advisory Council, and Restore Justice Illinois Board of Directors. He earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in public administration from Belhaven College, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Jackson State University. Prior to attending law school, he clerked with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Mississippi Innocence Project..
Rob Jeffreys is Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Mr. Jeffreys is a nationally recognized criminal justice expert with correctional experience spanning more than two decades. He spent 21 of his 24 years in corrections management at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC), where he served as the agency’s chief of staff. Prior to that, Mr. Jeffreys served as ODRC Regional Director and managed the operations of eight adult prisons and the Adult Parole Authority across 20 counties, oversaw 25,000 offenders and 3,700 staff, and managed an annual budget of $340 million. He also served as warden for Ohio correctional institutions in Chillicothe and Marion, deputy warden in Toledo, and in various positions at ODRC’s St. Clairsville facility. He began his career as a corrections class specialist in ODRC’s Bureau of Research.
From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Jeffreys was on special assignment under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act as a national prison security program coordinator with the National Institute of Corrections in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Jeffreys received both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice from Marshall University.
Brendan Kelly is acting director of the Illinois State Police. Prior to joining ISP, Mr. Kelly served as St. Clair County State’s Attorney. During his military service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Kelly conducted research on Israeli-Palestinian joint police patrols in the Middle East. As an assistant state’s attorney, he served on the Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council. He was a member of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, the Illinois Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform Commission, and the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.
Mr. Kelly received a juris doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in government and international relations from the University of Notre Dame.
Bryan Kibler is the Effingham County State’s Attorney. Mr. Kibler’s office prosecutes 250 felonies and 500 misdemeanors a year and advises the county on civil issues. Prior to becoming state’s attorney, Mr. Kibler had a private practice that concentrated on criminal defense and family law. Mr. Kibler earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and his law degree from Southern Illinois University.
Jessyca Liles-Dudley serves as Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy Director and is also an associate director at Arabella Advisors. In these roles, Ms. Liles-Dudley supports foundations and nonprofits committed to dismantling racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression and develops strategies that enhance the impact of their efforts. Prior to joining Arabella, Ms. Liles-Dudley worked at the Joyce Foundation, where she developed grantmaking and advocacy strategies to reduce gun deaths and injury in the United States. In this role, she directed the program’s effort to address and reduce racial disparities by developing staff and grantee capacity to advance racial equity through the management of a $2 million portfolio of researchers and advocates. She has also held positions with the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Chicago. Within these organizations, she developed and implemented community-based prevention and outreach programs and conducted clinical and social science research to improve the health of communities in Chicago. Ms. Liles-Dudley holds a master of public health degree in maternal and child health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Skidmore College.
Iris Y. Martinez made history in November 2020 by being elected the first Latina Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, the largest of 24 judicial circuits in Illinois, as well as one of the largest unified court systems in the United States.
Prior to that election, Ms. Martinez served as an Illinois State Senator, a position she had held since in 2003, representing Illinois’ 20th Legislative District. Ms. Martinez was the first Latina elected to the State Senate in Illinois history. She again made history in 2007 as the first Latina assistant majority leader, a role she assumed again in 2018. As a state senator, Ms. Martinez used her position to advocate for affordable housing, expanding health care access, and ensuring seniors and the disabled populations receive proper care.
Ms. Martinez’s involvement with the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus, including previously serving as a Co-Chair, gave her a platform to work on initiatives of importance to minorities. She championed a law allowing people who a not comfortable speaking or understanding English, as well as those who have trouble hearing, to be aided by an interpreter in the court room. Another law she spearheaded ensured that all health care facilities treating Medicaid patients in managed care plans must develop and implement language services.
Ms. Martinez is past president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is currently the 4th Congressional District State Central Committeewoman for the Democratic Party of Illinois, City of Chicago’s 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeperson, and Chairwoman of the Hispanic Caucus for the Democratic National Committee.
Sharone Mitchell was sworn in as Cook County Public Defender in April 2021. Mr. Mitchell began his legal career in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, first as a clerk in law school and later as an assistant public defender with assignments in the Civil, First Municipal, and Felony trial divisions.
In 2016, Mr. Mitchell joined the Illinois Justice Project, a policy reform organization dedicated to supporting people, programs, and policies that can reduce inappropriate incarceration, improve community safety outcomes, reduce recidivism and increase justice in the legal system. He became Illinois Justice Project director in 2019.
Mr. Mitchell has received several professional awards, including the Safer Foundation Visionary Award in 2020 and the Barbara Jordan Award for Excellence in Judicial Advocacy and Education from Judicial Accountability PAC in 2019. Mr. Mitchell also is a member of the Associate’s Board of Chicago Debates, St. Leonard’s Ministries, and the Board of Live Free Chicago, the local chapter of a national faith-based organization created to organize people of color against mass incarceration and violence.
Mr. Mitchell has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law.
David Olson, Ph.D., is a professor and graduate program director in the at Loyola University Chicago Criminal Justice and Criminology Department and co-director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. Dr. Olson also is a 20-year veteran of ICJIA, where he served as director of Illinois’ Statewide Drug and Violent Crime Control Strategy Impact Evaluation Program and was responsible for overseeing the evaluation and monitoring of federally funded drug control efforts in Illinois.
With more than 30 years of experience in criminal justice, Dr. Olson has worked with a variety of federal, state, and local agencies to develop and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in community and institutional corrections.
Dr. Olson received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a doctorate in political science/public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also was the recipient of the Assistant United States Attorney General’s Graduate Research Fellowship.
Joseph M. Perez was appointed chief of the Metra Police Department in 2014. A 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department (ISP) with a diverse service record, Mr. Perez was hired to lead the Metra Police transformation into a modern, efficient, and effective force.
Mr. Perez started his law enforcement career with ISP as a trooper in 1986 and steadily rose through the ranks on a variety of assignments. As an ISP Major, he oversaw all department law enforcement activities and more than 800 sworn officers and civilian staff across northern Illinois. A command officer for more than 14 years, he supervised patrol, investigative and specialty units, served as a police academy instructor, was responsible for the protection of Illinois Constitutional Officers, and planned the safety and security for several significant events, including the 2012 NATO Summit in Chicago.
Mr. Perez is a member of the Chicago FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, the American Public Transportation Association Security Peer Advisory Group, and the Association of American Railroads Rail Security Working Committee. He was recipient of the 2014 Hector Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association.
Toni Preckwinkle was first elected Cook County Board President in 2010. Prior to joining the Cook County Board, Ms. Preckwinkle served as alderman of Chicago’s 4th Ward for 19 years. In that time, Ms. Preckwinkle built a professional and responsive ward organization that met the diverse needs of her constituents. She sponsored the living wage and affordable housing ordinance, and was a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to institute a more racially equitable map of Chicago’s ward boundaries.
Prior to joining Chicago City Council, Ms. Preckwinkle taught high school history in Chicago for 10 years. During that time, she ran a non-profit organization aimed at neighborhood improvement. Ms. Preckwinkle was recipient of the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2008. She also received the 1997 and 2009 Leon Despres Awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Kwame Raoul was sworn in as the 42nd Attorney General of Illinois in January 2019. He began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handling matters at the trial and appellate level in the criminal, civil, and juvenile divisions of the office. He subsequently served as a senior staff attorney for the City Colleges of Chicago, handling primarily labor and employment matters. Mr. Raoul also has been a partner at two national law firms, serving in the health care and labor and employment practice groups.
In 2004, Mr. Raoul was appointed to serve as the state senator representing the 13th Legislative District, where he was subsequently re-elected on multiple occasions to represent the district. As a senator, Mr. Raoul led negotiations and sponsored legislation that eliminated the death penalty, required background checks on private gun transfers, and promoted law enforcement and criminal justice reform.
Mr. Raoul has been recognized for his work on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, which includes passage of the Safe Homes Act and the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights. He earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and a juris doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Jim Rowe is Kankakee County State’s Attorney. In this role, he prosecutes violations of criminal statutes and represents the county in all civil matters. Mr. Rowe has served in that capacity since his election in 2016 and was re-elected in 2020 to a second four-year term. Prior to becoming state’s attorney, he was general and corporate counsel for the Illinois municipalities of Bradley, Grant Park, Sammons Point, and Momence. Mr. Rowe is an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University where he teaches a course on public policy. He also serves as president of the Harbor House Domestic Violence Coalition and is a member of the Executive Committee of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, the Kankakee County Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School Academic Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Rowe is a graduate of DePaul University and DePaul University College of Law.
Kathryn Saltmarsh is executive director of the Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC), a position she has held since 2010. Prior to joining SPAC, Ms. Saltmarsh was legislative affairs director for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. She also served as a legislative and appellate policy advisory with the Office of the State Appellate Defender, where she was actively involved in the negotiation and passage of death penalty reform legislation.
Ms. Saltmarsh chose a public service career focusing on criminal justice as a member of the post-conviction legal team for Randy Steidl, a wrongfully convicted death row inmate who was released after 17 years in prison. She is former co-director of the Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Reform (CLEAR) Commission, which drafted the statute that created SPAC and sponsored multiple bills to simplify and modernize the Illinois Criminal Code and Code of Corrections. She serves on the Budgeting for Results Commission, Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board, and Center for State Policy and Leadership Board at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Ms. Saltmarsh graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Marc D. Smith is acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Prior to his appointment, Mr. Smith served as the executive vice president of foster care and intact services at Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, Illinois’ largest provider of services to families in crisis, since 2009. In the role, he collaborated with child welfare leaders, professionals and other stakeholders to implement family-centered systems and practices that protected and supported vulnerable children and families.
Prior to serving with Aunt Martha’s, Mr. Smith worked for more than two decades as a social worker, trainer, and leader in child welfare. From 2004 to 2009, he served as a program administrator and recovery coach at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC), where he managed the child welfare division. Mr. Smith also worked as a public service administrator for DCFS from 1993 to 2000. Mr. Smith has served on numerous boards, committees and work groups, helping to shape policies and inform best practices in leadership and in the field. He has also led the development of program models that have increased the likelihood of family reunification, increased adoptions, and significantly improved the ability of workers and agencies to connect people with substance abuse treatment, mental health care, and other supportive services. A licensed clinical social worker and certified trainer, Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Vickie Smith is executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). Ms. Smith began her work in the battered women’s movement in 1982 by providing emergency safe housing to survivors of domestic violence. She helped open a non-residential crisis intervention program, first serving on its board of directors and then serving as the first non-paid director. She joined ICADV in 1988 as a grant monitor and became executive director in 1993.
Ms. Smith is a founding board member of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a national advocacy agency located in Washington D.C. During the development of the National Network, she worked with other state and national advocates on drafting the historic 1994 Violence Against Women Act. Ms. Smith has contributed to a variety of collaborative projects and programs over the decades that work toward ending violence in homes and communities. Ms. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in child, family and community services from Sangamon State University, now known as the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Carmen Terrones is founder of Connecting RJ Communities, a consulting firm that aims to increase the potential of underserved communities by fostering empowerment and exposure to restorative justice. Prior to starting her consulting firm, Ms. Terrones worked at David Lynch Foundation as a consultant and Haywood Burns Institute as a senior associate. She also served as regional administrator of the northern region for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, deputy chief probation officer of the Chicago Northern Division for Cook County Juvenile Probation Department, and coordinator of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative for Cook County Juvenile Probation Department.
Ms. Terrones is an advisory board member for the Restorative Justice Hubs and Adler University’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice. In addition, she is a member of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Applied Leadership Network and the Latin American Professionals Impacting Society. She received a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in industrial organization psychology from Walden University.