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Illinois Staff

Juan Jose Gonzalez

Chicago Director

Born in Tijuana, Baja California, Juan Jose grew up in the East Los Angeles and Montebello area of California until he was 18 years old. A part of a family of Mexican Immigrants who came to the United States since 1974, Juan was raised in mono-lingual Spanish household with working class parents and his two older sisters. He attended the neighborhood public schools all his life and was able to be tracked into college preparatory curriculum thanks to the efforts and wisdom of his sisters.

Juan Jose did his undergraduate degree at Princeton University, majoring in Politics and Political Economy. He came to Chicago to work as an immigrant’s rights organizer in the Chicago-land area for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). At ICIRR, Juan Jose worked with city and suburban immigrants towards advocacy, voter mobilization, lobbying, and direct action. After 3 years at ICIRR, Juan Jose then attended the University of Chicago Harris School for a Masters in Public Policy and was a part of Education Pioneers in the Summer of 2010. Juan Jose currently works as the Chicago Director for Stand for Children Illinois, managing all policy and organizing aspects of Stand's education advocacy within the City of Chicago including Stand's parental engagement, PAC endorsements, and elected official lobbying.