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 an intellectual property and international trade lawyer with experience organizing interfaith social justice movements. Prior to CAL, he worked in the private sector litigating at the International Trade Commission, advocating for patent reform before Congress, and providing pro bono representation for victims of human rights abuse in immigration and asylum proceedings. He has worked with a variety of artists, academics, and activists across the U.S., Middle East and South Asia to protect civil liberties of religious minorities, to promote equal access to knowledge and technology, and to prevent corporate capture of public policy. Chris received his J.D. from Georgetown University, his M.T.S. focusing on liberation theologies and praxis from Harvard Divinity School, and his B.A. in Physics and B.A. in Religion from Denison University. He is licensed to practice law 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.