Charity Ryerson                   Founder, Commons Designer                                  

Charity Ryerson is a human rights advocate with over 10 years’ experience in the field. She has conducted labor rights and human rights monitoring, including anti-union violence investigations, throughout the Americas and Asia. Prior to founding CAL, Charity litigated complex international human rights cases under the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act, including Does v. Chiquita Brands International, Saldana v. Occidental Petroleum, Balcero v. Drummond, and Arias/Quinteros v. Dyncorp. She received her Political Science B.A. from Loyola Chicago, and her J.D. from Georgetown. Charity is a member of the D.C. bar.*

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Chris Byrnes                               founder, Commons designer

Chris Byrnes is a patent and international trade lawyer with experience organizing interfaith social justice movements. Prior to studying law at Georgetown, Chris obtained a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard, and studied Religion and Conflict Transformation at Boston Theological Institute. He has worked with faith-based activists across the U.S., Middle East and South Asia for social, economic and environmental justice. Chris is licensed to practice in D.C., Maryland, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.*

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Sally Mindrebo                      Lead Communications Design Strategist

 Sally Mindrebo is a professional communications designer and strategist.She holds a B.A. in Literature and a B.A. in Theology from Wheaton College and was awarded a post-graduate fellowship position with the Trinity Fellows Academy researching the symbiotic relationship of media and religion. She brings seven years of experience working in the nonprofit communications field to CAL.  Sally has executed communications strategies in the sectors of renewable energy in Africa, nonprofit clothing production in Haiti, human rights awareness in the states, and public policy think tanks. She has traveled to thirty-two countries and is dedicated to the integration of human rights into public frameworks. 


*Not yet licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.