2017-2018 Board of Directors


President/Finance Chair: Soren Dayton graduated from the College in 1999 in Anthropology and Mathematics, living in Shoreland and then the Qumbya Co-op. Soren grew up in Chicago and stayed in Hyde Park for several years after college to start a software company. He has been in Washington, DC since 2003, working on Capitol Hill, on a presidential campaign, in strategic communications and public affairs, and, currently, as the Director of Communications and Policy at Protect Democracy. In addition, Soren and his wife, also a U of C alum, worked for International Justice Mission -- founded by a U of C alum! -- on human trafficking in India, where they were also involved in the alumni clubs in Bangalore and Delhi. Soren can be reached at dayton@uchicago.edu.  


Vice President: Laura Onken, AB'09, graduated from the College with a degree in economics.  In the past, Laura has cochaired Phoenixphest and Participate Chicago in DC, coordinated a number of outdoors events for the DC Alumni Club, and volunteered with the Alumni Schools Committee to interview prospective students.  Laura could not be more thrilled to be joining the board here in DC as programming chair.  She is excited to give back to the alumni community by putting together events that everyone can enjoy!  You can reach her at l.cielle@gmail.com to suggest ideas, volunteer to run an event, or even just to say hi.


Program Chair: Angela Salse received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.  After graduation, Angela practiced law for several years in a variety of areas including general litigation, immigration law, and commercial real estate.  Most recently, she has concentrated her practice on international law, specifically human rights, rule of law, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Throughout her legal career, Angela has utilized her foreign language skills and intercultural expertise to successfully conduct business and facilitate communication with clients in other languages. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic. Currently, she is a Contract Attorney at Gibson Dunn, LLC, working on FCPA matters. You can reach her at asalse@uchicago.edu if you have an idea for a new event.


Career Chair: Felix Sanchez, AB'08, received his AB in Political Science from UChicago and his MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University ('10). He is a member of the U.S. Foreign Service and recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship. Previous postings include India, Japan, and Jamaica. He looks forward to working with the UC alumni community to connect and help alumni in the greater DC area. He seeks to facilitate career development and mentorship opportunities for young alumni. Feel free to email Felix (ucdcalumnicareerchair@gmail.com) with questions and ideas about career development in the DC area.


Affinity Group Liaison: Jamie Huang, MPP/MA-CMES'13, earned her joint Master’s degrees from the Harris School of Public Policy studies and Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In her three years at UChicago, Jamie served on the staff of Middle Eastern Studies Students’ Association, (Harris School) Committee on International Affairs in Public Policy, (Harris School) Minorities in Public Policy Studies. She then represented the broader graduate student community as a member of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Advisory Council and Student Government (as the Social Science Liaison). Jamie is excited to continue her duties serving the DC alumni community for the second year. If you have questions about any current Affinity Group or ideas for new groups, you can reach Jamie at huangjamie@ymail.com.  


Communications Chair: Travis Dietz, SB'13, graduated from the College majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. While there, he spent his first couple of years in Max Palevsky while helping refound the Chicago chapter of Sigma Chi on campus as well as being the president of the Folk Arts Community and a member of Rhythmic Bodies in Motion. After graduating, Travis moved to College Park, MD to begin his graduate studies in Materials Science & Engineering. He has since co-chaired Phoenixphest in 2015 and 2016 and has been volunteering with the communications committee of the DC alumni group since 2015. If you would like to assist with alumni group communications or would like to contact Travis, you can email him at tdietz@uchicago.edu.