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President and Chief Executive Officer Chicago, IL

The Shriver Center on Poverty Law has selected Audra Wilson to serve as its next President & Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2020.

An experienced policy and legal leader, Wilson joins the Shriver Center from the League of Women Voters of Illinois, where she served as Executive Director. She has led critical change to expand the League’s mission as a 100-year old civic engagement organization with nearly 4,000 members and over 40 chapters statewide. She advanced the League’s advocacy on issues of race equity and voting rights and built organizational capacity for fundraising and communications. Wilson also serves as chair of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues, appointed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Wilson brings more than 20 years of experience as a public interest lawyer and teacher, policy shaper, community mobilizer, and experienced executive manager. Prior to the League of Women Voters of Illinois, Wilson served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for United States Congresswoman Robin Kelly in the Second Congressional District of Illinois. Earlier in her career, diversity and inclusion were the center of her work with Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law as she co-founded the first formal consortium of law school diversity professionals in Chicago, seen as a national model.

This is a reunion for Wilson and the Shriver Center, as she started her career with the organization two decades ago as a staff attorney focused on welfare reform. Throughout her career, Wilson has focused on the voices and experiences of communities of color and communities most impacted by injustice. Shaped by her personal experience as a child of Jamaican immigrants, Wilson brings to the Shriver Center critical perspective on the intersection of race and poverty in policy development and politics, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal and advocacy landscapes.

Tim McFeeley led this search with Jeff Kessner

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