Meet the Team

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Vanessa Perkins


Vanessa created Community Charging as a result of her research fellowship with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). As an E2 Fellow, Vanessa has spent the last year researching and designing a low-cost peer-to-peer EV charging network to help accelerate EV adoption in urban residential Chicago neighborhoods and make it easier to drive electric. Having identified 10 excited charge station hosts on the north, west, and south sides of Chicago, she plans to launch a pilot network next year with Community Charging – and to inspire a community charging revolution! Vanessa is a dedicated environmental scientist interested in the climate change solutions offered by renewable energy, electric transportation, and the sharing economy. She moved to Chicago in 2017 after studying energy, climate, and economics in her master’s program at the University of California at Santa Barbara.


Alexandra Nunez

Digital Media Intern

Alexandra Nunez is a Mexican-American, 1st generation student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Teaching of Spanish, Sustainable Cities and Social Justice. She has a passion for advocacy and loves to create accessible multilingual content. She has also been working with Enlace Chicago as an Academic Support Facilitator for 7th graders and Program Assistant at her local elementary school.


Nahid Shirzadkhan

Social Media Intern

Nahid Shirzadkhan is one of the share holders and main member of board of directors of Shirzad company. She is an Iranian international graduate student of Industrial Design at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also has bachelor degree in Industrial Design and master in Architecture. she is experienced Interior designer with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture and industrial field.  she is the first student in Iran who worked on the relationship between Architecture and Fashion and designed the first fashion house in Iran. she established a social media presence for Community Charging through Instagram and created the logo for CC organization, along with CC slogans. she produced well-defined contents to grow organically CC Instagram.

Viviana Sanchez

Research Development Intern

Viviana is an undergrad studying Communication with a minor in Sustainable Cities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is very passionate about efforts for sustainable developments and loves being outdoors. She currently has an upcoming sustainable mobility internship through the Office of Sustainability at her university. In the future, Viviana plans on going into the transportation sector and being involved in sustainable initiatives.

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Kamil M. Wnek

Web Development Intern

Kamil joined Community Charging with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization and focused on developing the organization's website with experience and integrity. Kamil is a 1st generation student at the University of Illinois at Chicago graduating in spring 2021 with a bachelor's in Economics and two minors, one in Finance and one in Sustainable Cities.

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