Kathryn Doi, President
Kathryn is an attorney who has practiced in both the private and public sector for the past 16 years. She served the City of Chicago for over a decade defending civil rights cases, and through that invaluable experience was exposed to the breadth and complexity of the City's many neighborhoods. One of Kathryn's greatest passions is teaching - she teaches trial practice to law students and international lawyers as an adjunct professor at both Loyola Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She also has been privileged to volunteer in various communities - teaching grade-schoolers in Homan Square about constitutional law with a team of City attorneys, reading to 1st-graders in the WITS (Working In The Schools) program in Cabrini-Green, surveying homeowners about their 311 needs in West Englewood, and helping harvest locally grown organic produce with cohorts at the farms of Growing Home, LLC in Englewood. Kathryn is thrilled to be part of a creative and generous venture like Step Up, which she hopes will shine a positive light on all of the facets of our beloved Chicago and put the story of its residents in their own hands to tell.
Shuhan Zhou, Vice President
Shuhan is currently studying a Master's degree in Public Policy at the University of Chicago, with a focus on improving educational attainment for the economically disadvantaged through early childhood intervention. After graduating with high honors in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Shuhan worked in litigation consulting and overseas investment practice for an intellectual property firm in San Francisco. During her time there, she connected overseas investors from China to the board and helped facilitate merge and acquisition deals across firms. With a passion for non-profit work, Shuhan has contributed to organizations on various issues. In northern California she served at the International Rescue Committee, securing employment opportunities and assisting financial resilience for refugee families. In 2016, she launched a project called ‘Fix My Community’ that aims to build a technological platform for East African grassroot non-profits to improve efficiency and beneficiary management. Implementers in Uganda are in the process of piloting this tool and the project has been selected for 2017's Clinton Global Initiative University conference. In her spare time, Shuhan is an amateur dancer at Joffrey Ballet and enjoys volunteering for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She hopes to bring her experience in academia, non-profits, and the tech sphere along with her interest in theater to Step Up, helping to make Step Up a part of the Chicagoan artistic identity.
Kabir is a writer and producer who is a member of the Harold Ramis Filmmaker Program at Second City and is pursuing his MBA at the Chicago Booth School of Business. After completing his BA in Economics from The University of Chicago, he entered the field of finance and worked as an analyst and trader during the height of the financial crisis before specializing in operations and corporate strategy at a global investment management firm. However, his love for the creative arts soon pushed him into a career of writing and producing comedic digital content. He is passionate about ensuring that all residents of Chicago’s diverse communities are given the opportunity to have their unique stories heard and believes that Step Up’s mission will go a long way in supporting the artistic development of the city’s youth.