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Postgraduate Fellows

​Matthew Jacques 
Post Graduate Fellow, and Alumni Program Advisor

Matthew brings to Chaddick several years of business development, communications and entrepreneurial experience. After earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he studied acting in New York and launched and managed multiple B2C businesses, focusing on improving firms' social benefits and community outreach. Matthew completed his Master's in Public Administration at DePaul's School of Public Service. He is passionate about strengthening the dialogue between citizens and government, infrastructure planning, social service delivery, and community development.

Derick Anderson
Postgraduate Fellow

Mr. Anderson is a community development professional with over 10 years of experience with managing housing programs in Chicago. For the last 8 years Derick has been with Northside CDC and has directed various programs including Employer Assisted Housing and Find Your Place in Chicago. In 2014 he helped launched The Northside Housing Collaborative, a housing initiative to reach Chicago residents in 15 different languages. In 2017 Derick helped obtain a $300k federal grant to start a new Fair Housing Program. Derick received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Northeastern Illinois University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from DePaul University where he was a Chaddick Scholar. 

Brandon Bordenkircher
Postgraduate Fellow

Brandon was the inaugural recipient of the Chaddick Institute's Distinguished Alumni Award, bestowed on December 17, 2020 for his extensive service to the institute's student programs, publications, and professional activities.  Brandon is a "thought leader" on urban innovation who is currently the General Manager for carsharing service car2go. Using his skills as a disruptor, agitator, and storyteller, he helps cities embrace new technologies to become more sustainable and livable. Prior to his current role at car2go, he consulted several municipalities as the owner of 12 Tone Consulting, a boutique firm focusing on tech policy, where he co-wrote several white papers on regulating new disruptive technologies. His past positions include Deputy Program Director at Airbnb, where he focused on passing positive homesharing legislation. Brandon has written several op-eds and white papers, and plans to continue publishing on tech, policy, and politics. He received his Master of Public Administration from DePaul University.

Jessica Kupets
Postgraduate Fellow

Jessica brings to Chaddick skills in social media marketing, legislative research, program management, and advocacy work. While completing a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, she spent a semester as an advocacy intern for the Epilepsy Foundation in Washington D.C., where she focused on federal and state regulatory issues affecting people with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Jessica completed her Master of Public Policy at DePaul's School of Public Service. She is passionate about eliminating health disparities, strengthening private-public sector collaboration in healthcare delivery systems, sustainable development, and improving access to quality healthcare for all people. 

Mallory Livingston
Postgraduate Fellow

Mallory brings to Chaddick several years of research, program development, and fundraising experience. Although a Chicago native, she has spent much of the last decade on the East Coast; after earning a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine, she worked at an international think tank in Boston, with a focus on researching and improving the social impact of businesses and non-governmental agencies. Two years ago, Mallory returned to Chicago, where she joined the American Heart Association’s corporate development team. Mallory is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at DePaul’s School of Public Service, and she is passionate about global development and urban design.

Riley O'Neil
Postgraduate Fellow

Riley is an alum of DePaul University's Sustainable Urban Development program and a passionate advocate for active transportation. A Chaddick Scholar, Riley has participated in numerous studies with the Institute on topics including bicycle safety and shared use mobility. He is co-author and was lead data collector for the Chaddick Institute's study, Have App Will Travel: Comparing the Price and Speed of Fifty CTA and UberPool Trips in Chicago, which received front-page coverage in the Chicago Tribune.  His work has also appeared in the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal.   He is presently working as Bike Parking Program Manager for the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Lauren Ames Fischer, Ph.D
Post Graduate Fellow

Professor Fischer is an assistant professor in the University of North Texas’s Department of Public Administration. A specialist in municipal and regional policy, she has also taught at DePaul, Columbia University, and New York University. She holds a doctorate in urban planning from Columbia University, where she worked closely with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at the Earth Institute.