2014-2015 Executive Board

Alex DiLalla
Raleigh, North Carolina
Class of 2017
Political Science and Human Rights

Alex is a third-year student from Raleigh, North Carolina, interested in civil rights, politics, and policy. On campus, Alex has served as Chair of the University Community Service Center Advisory Board and sat on the Office of Civic Engagement Student Advisory Board. For the 2014 midterm elections he directed voter registration and campaign invasion efforts, serving as our Communications Director and the Deputy Political Director for the College Democrats of Illinois (CDIL). After the midterm elections Alex served as the CDIL Legislative Director, engaging in lobbying efforts around police reform. Alex currently serves as the Vice President of the College Democrats of Illinois and the National Political Director for the College Democrats of America, having previously served as the LGBT Caucus Chair for CDA.

Henry Bensinger
Executive Director
Chicago, Illinois
Class of 2017
Political Science

Henry is a native of Chicago, who grew up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. During middle school, Henry would go to Springfield, IL to lobby for Autism Insurance Reform. These trips led Henry to become interested in Illinois politics and health care policy. Later, Henry became an intern on now Mayor Emanuel’s first campaign for Mayor and a volunteer on President Obama’s reelection campaign. During the summer of 2014, Henry was a Legislative Affairs Intern in the Office of Governor Pat Quinn. During the summer of 2015, Henry was an Intern in the Office of State Senator Steans. Henry also serves as the Political Director for the College Democrats of Illinois.

Kate Murray
Outreach Director
Wilmette, IL
Class of 2015
Public Policy Studies

Kate is a fourth-year student and lifelong resident of Illinois from Wilmette, Illinois. She’s a Public Policy major with a specialization in Quantitative Policy Analysis. She started out her political career working for the Illinois Tenth District Democrats, a grassroots political organization. She has spent the last three years with Illinois Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, interning in her government office and serving as Communications Director for the Barbara Flynn Currie for State Representative Committee. Kate spent the summer before her 4th year interning at government relations firm McGuireWoods Consulting LLC in Chicago.

Mary McNicholas
Chicago, IL
Class of 2018
Public Policy Studies

Mary is a second-year student from the suburbs of Chicago, and intends to major in Public Policy with a minor in Latin American Studies. She has been a dedicated liberal her whole life, and discovered her passion for politics after cuts to the state budget and an unkosher deal with a local business threatened her school district’s financial well-being. Mary hopes to continue her advocacy for public education this year through the UChicago Careers in Education Profession cohort, as well as with the UC Dems. She also holds strong beliefs about feminism and the environment, and is always looking for opportunities to advance the work of gender equality and conservation.

Mikala Cohen
Weston, FL
Class of 2018
Political Science and Environmental Studies

Mikala is a second-year from Weston, Florida, majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies. In addition to her work as Secretary, she works as the House Manager for UChicago’s Institute of Politics and is actively involved with the Women in Public Service Project. A staunch Democrat for as long as she can remember, she first got seriously involved with politics through her organizing fellowship with the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign in Florida. Continuing with this trend, she worked as a field campaign intern for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign throughout winter and spring quarter of 2015. Additionally during the summer of 2015, she worked as a congressional intern for her representative to Congress in Washington D.C., focusing on environmental issues, African foreign policy and gun control.

Nico Aldape
Political Director
New York, New York
Class of 2018

This summer, Nico worked at the City Hall office in Manhattan as a legislative and policy aide for New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams. Council Member Williams is chair of the Committee on Housing and Buildings and a co-chair of the Task Force to Combat Gun Violence.

When not working, Nico’s hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music, and writing Facebook statuses.

Rachel Neuburger
Events Director
Chappaqua, New York
Class of 2018
Environmental Science

Rachel is a second-year from Chappaqua, New York majoring in Environmental Science. Apart from UC Dems, she is involved in University Ballet and the Institute of Politics. Rachel has been a Democrat as long as she can remember and has recently become interested in both the science behind and the inequities produced by climate change. This summer, she is interning in the political department of the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Robin Ye
President Emeritus
Portland, Oregon
Class of 2016
Public Policy Studies

Robin is a fourth-year from Portland, Oregon, majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Human Rights. He has been a proud member of UC Dems since 1st week of his first year in 2012. In addition to Dems, Robin oversees the Chicago Bound program at the University Community Service Center and works in the College Admissions office as a tour guide. Last spring, Robin studied in Vienna, Austria with the UChicago Human Rights program. After that experience, he is not convinced anyone in mainstream media knows what “socialism” actually is. This summer he is interning at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Summer 2015 Intern, Intern at Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Press Intern at Chicago City Hall, Intern for Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Campaigns Intern at Oregon House Democrats FuturePAC.

Victoria Mooers
Communications Director
Oklahoma City, OK
Class of 2016
Economics, Public Policy Studies

Victoria is a fourth-year from Oklahoma City, majoring in Economics and Public Policy, with a specialization in human rights. This summer and during the upcoming school year, she is a research assistant at EPIC (Energy Policy Institute at UChicago), and is working on a project that will ultimately improve designs of cap-and-trade systems. Her interest in environmental issues has roots in her childhood in Oregon, but it was as a teenager in Oklahoma that she got really caught up in politics (always ready for a challenge, you could say). She is also a VP of Publicity for Alpha Phi Omega (a co-ed community service fraternity), and plays viola in a quartet and the University Symphony Orchestra.