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The Senior Practitioner Fellowship program brings together a diverse set of leaders—elected leaders, former government officials, policymakers, advocates, nonprofit leaders, and journalists—for in-depth analyses and stewardship of institutional reforms. Fellows leverage the expertise from their fields and passion for a particular area of government effectiveness to a community of students, faculty, and practitioners with similar passions and the resources to effect change.

Program details

The Senior Practitioner Fellowship is an annual, non-residential program for pre-eminent leaders in their fields. Fellows are chosen for their breadth of experience, depth of expertise, and degree of passion for the health of our democracy and strength of its institutions. During their year-long tenure at the Center, Fellows engage in numerous activities organized around a unifying theme and develop programming that corresponds to CEG's three key areas of focus—ideas, education, and engagement:

2022 Senior Practitioner Fellows

We are thrilled to announce the 2022 cohort of Senior Practitioner Fellows! Read the full announcement.

The 2022 CEG Senior Practitioner Fellows are:

  • Tiana Epps-Johnson (@tianaej) | Founder and Executive Director, Center for Tech and Civic Life; former Election Administration Director, New Organizing Institute

  • Mindy Finn (@mindyfinn) | Founder and CEO, Citizen Data; former Executive Director and Co-founder, Stand Up Republic; former Campaign Strategist, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney

  • Elizabeth (Liz) Hempowicz (@lizhempowicz) | Director of Public Policy, The Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

  • Rudy Mehrbani (@RudyMehrbani) | Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund; former Senior Fellow and Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice; former Director, White House Presidential Personnel Office and Assistant to President Barack Obama

Meet the CEG Senior Practitioner Fellows on March 30 to learn more. UChicago students may also engage with fellows at a Student Lunch with CEG Senior Practitioner Fellows and CEG Senior Practitioner Fellowship Office Hours (details below).

University of Chicago students: Sign up for Spring Office Hours!

Office hours provide currently enrolled University of Chicago students the chance to connect directly with CEG Senior Practitioner Fellows. Students can use this time to speak with the Fellows about their interests, seek advice, ask questions about career or internship opportunities, to invite a Fellow to a particular event, and to consult with the Fellow.

Appointments are 15 minutes long. Students must use their UChicago email address to sign up; those without a UChicago email will be canceled. Sign up for spring 2022 office hours below.

Past cohorts

Learn more about previous cohorts of CEG Senior Practitioner Fellows here.


Meet the Senior Practitioner Fellows who are working together to advance much-needed reforms of our political institutions.

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