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Zoe Russek (She, Her, Hers)

Zoe Russek (She, Her, Hers)

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Solving crime, creating community and being a mentor…can that all be packaged into one person? Sure can!

Zoe Russek works at the University of Chicago Crime Lab as the Associate Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives. In her role, Zoe collaborates with the Chicago Police Department and researchers to pilot, evaluate and scale innovative, data-driven policy solutions to improve policing in Chicago. Most recently, she led the charge on implementing a new early intervention system, helping CPD meet consent decree obligations and setting a new standard for early intervention nationwide. Zoe's professional life is rooted in her belief in the power of tikkun olam , repairing the world.

In her spare time, Zoe is deeply involved in the Jewish community, where she serves as a BBYO advisor, and is a Base ambassador, where she advises on programming strategies for young adults. As the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, Zoe works hard to share her grandma's story to the next generation. To top it all off, she is known for hosting a great Shabbat dinner! 

AGE:
27

PRIMARY GIG:
Associate Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives, University of Chicago Crime Lab

ON THE SIDE:
BBYO Advisor, Active Baser

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK:
I just finished up my 2nd school year as a BBYO advisor for Chai Tov BBG here in the city. It's been so impactful to work with this amazing group of smart, thoughtful, and welcoming girls. Seeing them rise above so many obstacles this year has been one of the most uplifting experiences for me throughout the pandemic.

CELEBRITY DOPPELGANGER:
Lauren Graham circa 2008

A JEW WHO INSPIRES YOU:
My grandmother, Dora Russek (z"l), who survived Auschwitz and built a beautiful family and life in America.

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
Control is an illusion and influence is an art.

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