Our Team

Matilda Stubbs, PhD, Research Assistant

In this supportive role, Matilda assists project directors in planning and executing regional roundtables and summits, as well as other administrative needs. She holds a doctorate from the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation Documenting Lives: the Material and Social Life of Case Files in the U.S. Foster Care System examines bureaucratic public policies involved in child welfare, social service administration, and dependency court. She also instructs at Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

LIzette Headshot Lisette Gonzalez-FloresMontgomery Fellow

Lizette joins as part of the American Bar Foundation’s (ABF) Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Program. She is passionate about immigrant rights, and brings work experience as a legal researcher for an immigration law firm in Chicago. She is interested in the intersection of immigration, law, and higher education, seeking to understand the barriers to mobility for Latinx immigrants. As a rising junior and Odyssey and Questbridge Scholar at the University of Chicago majoring in Sociology and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies, Lizette he hopes to pursue a both a J.D and Ph.D in Sociology and will work with ABF Director Emeritus Robert Nelson during her fellowship.



Danielle Gensberg, Communications Associate

At the ABF, Danielle is responsible for elevating the organization’s visibility to its stakeholders and to the general public through media relations, public relations, marketing and special events. She assists in the creation and dissemination of content and research to news media, funders, the legal academy and other stakeholders.

Before joining the ABF, she worked as a Research Assistant for Crain’s Chicago Business, where she was one of the lead researchers for Crain’s 2017 “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” list, an annual directory of the most influential people in business in Chicago. Prior to Crain’s, she worked as a staff writer for 22nd Century Media, reporting on over 200 news and lifestyle features for print and online editions of weekly community newspapers in Chicago’s north suburbs, and as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, covering over 100 news and features articles on politics,education, business, arts, and culture. Early on in her career, Danielle interned for Agate Publishing, a small independent publishing house in Evanston, IL, where she gained valuable skills in proofreading, copyediting, and marketing related to book publishing. She has worked as a freelance writer for Make It Better magazine (a lifestyle magazine on Chicago’s North Shore) and USGBC+ (the membership magazine of the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C.). Danielle currently writes for Lake & Country Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication that is based in southeastern Wisconsin. She received her B.A. in English from Vassar College.