August 20, 2016

About Us

Our Mission

The Chicago Justice Project (CJP) is an independent, non-profit research organization. We strive to access and analyze data from criminal justice agencies to promote evidence based reforms that will better serve the justice needs of local communities.

Our Leadership

Tracy_HeadshotTracy Siska, MA, Executive Director

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project.

He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Criminal & Social Justice at the University of St. Francis.

Our Board of Directors

Asma Ali, Secretary: Asma is an experienced program evaluator, with over 15 year of experience working on education and community development initatives. Asma is particularly interested in methods and issues related to community participation and coalitation building in communities undergoing significant demographic changes. At UIC, she currently teaches introductory classes in urban planning and community development. Her current research interests include how nonprofit organization support community coaliations, supportive services for low-income communtiies, and the use of data in community decision-making. Asma is currently completing her PhD in Community Development, focusing on the role of nonprofit agencies in supporting community-wide planning processes for racial change.

Zach Hiner, Director: Zach is the Director of Communications at Prevent Child Abuse America. A graduate of the James Madison College at Michigan State University, Zach began his career as a lobbyist in Michigan before moving to Chicago and entering the non-profit world. Prior to joining Prevent Child Abuse America in 2013, he worked in communications for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an international non-profit for victims of institutional sexual abuse. Zach has been a volunteer for the Chicago Justice Project since 2010.

David Melton: Bio coming soon

Joseph Pellis, Director: Mr. Pellis is the founding and managing partner of the Chicago offi ce of Leech Tishman. Pellis’ diverse practice spans the firm’s Corporate, Construction, environmental, energy, litigation and Real estate Practice groups. his substantial experience interacting with the insurance industry, where he is skilled in negotiating and drafting contract and insurance language, helps clients mitigate risk.

Jeffrey Walker, Treasurer: Jeffrey Walker is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has been practicing law since 1983. His first job was with the Illinois State Appellate Defender where he did criminal appellate work from 1983 to 1988. Since 1988, he has been doing both trial and post-trial work for the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. In 2009, he began participating in the activities of the Chicago Coalition for Police Accountability. He received his B. A. Degree from Harvard University in 1978 and his J. D. from Boston University School of Law in 1982.