Fanny Zeddies
Executive Director

Fanny (English, B.A. / MBA) comes from a 25+ year history of working in non-profits. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago. She also received her MBA certificate from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University. She began working in non-profit development at Young Chicago Authors when it was first founded in 1991 and became their Chief Financial Officer before moving on to work with other non-profits and grant foundations. She is mom to Nick (a college freshman), Ike (a yellow labrador retriever), and Chester (a rescue cat). She’s a music lover, part-time Dead-head, solar powered, and a night owl. She loves travel, especially to places where few have traveled before.


 Jenn Romero
Manager of Programs

Jenn is a musician, educator, and forever nerd when it comes to all things social theory, social justice, human feelings, sci-fi television shows, and horror movies. She has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago. Before landing in Chicago, Jenn spent parts of her childhood in California, Washington, Maryland, New Mexico, South Korea, and India. She also studied in Vienna and Paris. In her free time, she’s usually playing shows with her bands, composing film and theater scores, building giant pillow forts, or watering her collection of houseplants.


Brian Martin
Manager of High School and Community Engagement Initiatives

Brian Martin (Cultural Studies, B.A.) is an educator and queer geographer from Tijuana, Mexico, as well as a Gerald R. Ford School Public Policy International Affairs Fellow. Brian joined EVYP in June 2017 to empower youth from marginalized populations to equitably transform their communities through mentorship and education. Brian has held positions with the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 826Chi, LUCHA, and Columbia College Chicago prior to arriving at EVYP. As a writer and researcher, Brian’s work employs storytelling and empirics to investigate the intersections of public policy, land use, pedagogy, food economies, and displacement — especially as they impact communities of color. They are also a huge fan of Chinese buffets.

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