Mari joined CJC in August 2018 as Director of Policy and Advocacy. In this role, she helps coordinate CJC’s policy advocacy strategy, working to remove unfair barriers to employment and increase access to employment for low-income Illinoisans. Prior to joining CJC, Mari worked at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California, where she coordinated legal services and co-lead the Back on the Road CA coalition, which pushed California to become the first state to stop suspending driver’s licenses due to failure to pay a fine from a traffic ticket. Mari is driven by the idea that anyone should be able to access safe housing, healthy food, high-quality healthcare, and exceptional education no matter their neighborhood or occupation.
Ask Mari about choral singing, vegetarian cooking, and apocalyptic sci-fi novels.