Illinois Staff

Juan Jose Gonzalez

Chicago Director

Born in Mexico, Juan Jose grew up in the East Los Angeles and Montebello area of California. A part of a family immigrants who came to the United States in 1974, Juan was raised by working class parents in a monolingual Spanish household. He attended neighborhood public schools and tracked into a college prep curriculum thanks to the efforts of his two older sisters. Juan Jose earned his bachelor’s degree in Politics and Political Economy from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School, where he was an Education Pioneers fellow.

As an immigrant’s rights organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Juan Jose empowered city and suburban immigrants to become powerful advocates through voter mobilization, lobbying, and direct action.

As the Chicago Director for Stand for Children Illinois, Juan Jose organizes, trains and leads parents to become active partners in their child’s education and vocal advocates for better schools throughout Illinois. He manages Stand's education advocacy within the City of Chicago including parent engagement programs, PAC endorsements, and elected official lobbying.

Juan Jose is a husband, father, and concerned resident of Chicago, where he has served on 2 non-profit boards and as the community representative on a Local School Council. 

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