Shareese Pryor

Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Illinois Governor

Shareese Pryor is a Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Illinois Governor. Prior to this role, she worked as Director and Senior Staff Counsel of the Criminal Legal System and Police Accountability program at Impact for Equity (formerly BPI) a law and policy center in Chicago. Shareese previously worked in the Civil Rights Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, first as an Assistant Attorney General and then as Bureau Chief. While there, she played a leading role in negotiating the consent decree to reform the Chicago Police Department and later oversaw its enforcement.

Shareese began her career as a Skadden Fellow at Legal Aid Chicago (formerly LAF), where she ran a project that provided holistic civil legal services to adolescents and young adults who were transitioning out of the foster care system. After her fellowship, she stayed on as a Staff Attorney representing low-income tenants in housing matters. Shareese obtained a B.A. (cum laude) from Barnard College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.