COPA is comprised of a diverse staff with many years of investigative and legal experience.  Because our work takes us into communities throughout the City, we wanted to give you insight into the people that populate the agency.  See below for demographic information about the staff’s make up as well as a few fun tidbits about some of our staff.

Staff Spotlight

  • Name: Lijia Evariz
  • Role at COPA: Case Liaison
  • Joined COPA: May 2017
  • Neighborhood: Back of the Yards
  • Favorite Quote: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Muriel Strode
  • Favorite Chicago Restaurant: I like non-chain restaurants, but don't have a favorite, Chicago has many great places!
  • Favorite Sports Team: White Sox
  • Why COPA: "I believe in COPA's mission and am excited to be a part of something greater that will positively impact the City of Chicago."

Staff Spotlight

  • Name: Brandon Crase
  • Role at COPA: Senior Litigation Counsel
  • Joined COPA: June 2017
  • Neighborhood: Lakeview
  • Favorite Quote: “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” - Abraham Lincoln.
  • Favorite Chicago Restaurant: D’Agostino’s
  • Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bears
  • Why COPA: "Because I love this City."

Staff Spotlight

  • Name: Deja Porter
  • Role at COPA: Administrative Services Officer II
  • Joined COPA: April 2017
  • Neighborhood: Pullman
  • Favorite Quote: “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts” – Nikki Giovanni
  • Favorite Chicago Restaurant: Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
  • Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks
  • Why COPA: "To be a part of tangible change in Chicago."

Facts About Our Team


Our Organizational Structure


Organizational Structure