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Christopher Lackner

Chris began his career in Washington, D.C. at Peter Hart Research, one of the nation’s premier public opinion and polling firms. From there, he managed the successful 1995 re-election campaign of Virginia Delegate Watkins Abbitt. In 1996, Chris returned to Illinois to coordinate and create television ad campaigns for Democratic candidates to the Illinois General Assembly. In 1998, he was responsible for direct mail campaigns in key races for the Indiana House Democrats.

After taking a break to work in the corporate and nonprofit/environmental worlds, Chris returned to politics in 2002, helping create and execute direct mail campaigns for candidates to the Ohio and Georgia legislatures.

Chris served as interim press secretary for Alexi Giannoulias’ successful campaign for Illinois State Treasurer in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, he provided field support for Obama for America in Iowa, Ohio and Indiana. He also served as press secretary for Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin’s campaign for State’s Attorney. In 2009, he provided communications support for Tom Geoghegan for Congress.

Chris has served as spokesperson and communications strategist for several high-profile public affairs and public relations projects, including the closing of the landmark Berghoff restaurant and the campaign to ban smoking in the city of Chicago. In 2000, he managed the media center for 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health, a five-day international event attended by more than 5,000 medical professionals, public health advocates and government officials from more than 100 countries. In addition, he has created community relations and outreach strategies for dozens of government agencies, businesses and nonprofit groups.

Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and lives in Chicago’s Logan Square community.

Josh Andrews

Josh Andrews is a media & technology strategist, specializing in public media. He is a 10-year veteran of WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, one of the nation’s largest public radio outlets.

In 1998, he launched Odyssey, a daily talk-show with host Gretchen Helfrich, and served as the show’s senior producer overseeing its national distribution. Odyssey featured in-depth conversations on the issues and ideas that shape our world. Notable guests included Barack Obama, Cass Sunstein, Cornell West, Larry Lessig, Austan Goolsbee, William Ayers, Salman Rushdie, David Remnick, Robert Reich, Stanley Fish and John Yoo.

In 2005, Josh was named a Senior Content Developer for Chicago Public Radio and worked with senior management to build new online and on-air initiatives. During this time, he served as the project manager for the development of Vocalo.org, an innovative new radio and internet service. In 2007, Josh was named Senior Director of Internet Strategy and was responsible for the planning and development of Chicago Public Radio’s non-broadcast platforms. During his tenure at this position, unique visitors to the station’s website grew over 100% and page views grew over 200%. In November 2008, Chicagopublicradio.org was recognized as the fastest growing public media Web site in the nation by the Integrated Media Organization.

Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Humanities Council. He has a B.A. in Politics from the University of California-Santa Cruz, where he graduated with honors. He lives in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago.