Shriver Center on Poverty Law Appoints New Directors to Its Board

Macrie, Strong Marks and Wallis bring legal and business experience.

Chicago—The Shriver Center on Poverty Law today announced the appointment of three new board members, who bring extensive legal and business experience to a leading national advocate for racial and economic justice. The new board members are Sari Macrie, principal at Macrie & Associates, a strategic communications firm; Angelique Strong Marks, chief legal officer at; and Annie C. Wallis, a partner in the Chicago office of law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

“The directors and I are proud to welcome our new colleagues on the Shriver Center board,” said Steven Eppler-Epstein, Shriver Center board chair. “We look forward to these incredible leaders joining us in our mission of ending racism and poverty.”

For more than 25 years, Macrie has driven business results through strategic communications in such areas as reputation leadership, crisis and issues management, media relations, corporate social responsibility and brand management. Before founding her own firm, Macrie held senior leadership positions at Allstate, Cardinal Health and Ameritech.

Strong Marks brings to Shriver Center strong analytical and business skills and the ability to lead in a variety of complex and dynamic environments. She has extensive legal experience gained from both public and private companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. She also has strategic leadership skills honed through her commitment to community advocacy.

Wallis practices in Sidley’s Global Finance group, where her work includes lending transactions, merger and acquisition financing, and debt restructurings for such clients as investment banks, commercial banks, hedge funds, private equity funds and public and private companies. Variety named Wallis to its Legal Impact Report for 2019 and 2021 and its Dealmakers Impact Report for 2020. Recently, she served as co-chair for Shriver’s Homecoming Gala: Justice Reimagined.

“We’re thrilled about Sari, Angelique and Annie as our new board members,” Shriver Center President and CEO Audra Wilson said. “They will bring tremendous expertise as we deepen our work in Chicago and Illinois and expand our national reach in the fight for racial and economic justice.”


The Shriver Center on Poverty Law fights for economic and racial justice. Over our 50-year history, we have secured hundreds of victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois and across the country. Today, we litigate, shape policy, and train and convene multi-state networks of lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide. Together, we are building a future where all people have equal dignity, respect and power under the law. Join the fight at

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