Our Staff

ChristianChristian Diaz

Executive Director

Christian grew up on the Northwest Side of Chicago in a Spanish-speaking home. He is a youth organizer with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, where he politicizes high school students to lobby for better schools. Christian graduated with a B.A. in Global Studies at Warren Wilson College in 2012. His first organizing campaign led him to recruit 300 volunteers to register more than 1200 Latino voters in Logan Square through the New Americans Democracy Project with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. In his spare time, Christian writes creative non-fiction, calls out racism, looks super cute and whips his phantom-ponytail to filthy dance tracks. In 2013 Christian was elected “cutest pouty face of Logan Square” for the third consecutive year.

 

Jen Dean 

Director of Operations
(aka Lioness Of The Office)

Jen’s passion for human rights and social change began where she grew up in Utica NY, which is home to one of the largest refugee resettlement communities in the US. The harsh Adirondack winters were a bit much as she desired the island life and moved to Tampa where she obtained a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Sociology. Jen directed her focus to Chicago completing a thesis on activism, highlighting the value of social capital and collective efficacy in violence prevention efforts. After falling in love with the city, she has since been a proud resident of the South Side, organizing community activists to reduce voter oppression and working to get kids both excited and involved in politics. When she is not organizing or keeping the office together, she is practicing yoga, chilling at “The Point”, cooking up something special or giving her dog Marley (named after Bob Marley) some lovin.

rudyRudy Garrett

Volunteer Coordinator

A Hoosier native, Rudy graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in political science and international studies. She moved to Chicago in August of 2013 to attend culinary school, but found her inner activist instead. She  completed the Chicago Votes Winter internship program in late winter/ early spring of 2014. After working at a law firm in the loop, she took a job as a Chicago Votes Field Organizer during the summer/ fall voter registration project and has been working with the organization ever since. Rudy is excited to show young Chicagoans that they can make a difference in their city and encourage the millennial generation to take an active role in the political system.

IMG_4837De’Jaun Jackson

Organizing Director
AKA “Tough Love”

DJ grew up on the west-side of Chicago and understands first hand on how it feels to be disconnected from the political process. He watched how no one cared about our black and brown youth’s lack of resources or  access to making change. But after a lot of research and life experiences; he understands the more transparent the government is, the less powerful they are. He believes the power is in organizing our youth to come together and being informed about the people that make decisions on our lives. So now that he has the chance to inform and make change; he feels it’s his duty to help our youth. DJ has worked on Economic campaigns such as (Fight for 15) and Issues Based Campaigns such as (Action Now). In his personal time he plays semi-pro basketball and loves to walk on the beach on a hot and windy day as the sun sets.