Leadership & Staff

Better Government Association

Publisher of BGA Policy and the Illinois Answers Project.


David Greising

President & CEO

Chris Shoup

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Amber Bel’Cher

Vice President of Development

Bryan Zarou

Director of Policy

BGA Policy

Sophia Van Pelt

Financial Policy Analyst

Geoffrey Cubbage

Policy Analyst


Steve Warmbir

Investigations Editor

Rachel Aretakis

State & Solutions Editor

Grace Hauck

Embedded Investigative Reporter

Madison Hopkins

Senior Investigative Reporter

Jewél Jackson

Education Reporter

Sidnee King

Investigative Reporter

Alex Nitkin

Government Finance & Accountability Reporter

Meredith Newman

Embedded Investigative Reporter

Peter Nickeas

Investigative Reporter

Cam Rodriguez

Data Reporter

Matt Stroud

Solutions Reporter

Casey Toner

Investigative Reporter

Digital & Engagement

Cesar A. Calderon

Web & Graphics Editor

Kayla McLeod

Social Media & Newsletter Editor

Mumina Mohamud

Community Engagement & Partnership Specialist 

Saloni Nahar

Events Coordinator


Benita Barber

Development Associate

Katharine Keller

Senior Manager of Institutional Partnerships


Angela Joiner-Jones

Executive Assistant/Board Liaison

Julie Tobias

Operations Associate