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Judith Camacho-Campbell: Education advocate

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Education advocate

Judith Camacho-Campbell

Age: 36

Title: Acting Deputy Chief of Staff to the CEO of CPS

Name of Organization: Chicago Public Schools

Judith Camacho-Campbell currently manages school district relationships with the federal government and its agencies, including monitoring national legislation that impacts PK-12 education, liaising with district and Washington, D.C., offices of the Illinois congressional delegation, and partnering with external stakeholders to advocate for school district needs.

A native Chicagoan and proud product of CPS, Camacho-Campbell has 15 years of experience working in high-need communities as an advocate for parents and students. In her previous role at CPS, she led the implementation of district-wide initiatives and engagement strategies. She has led high-profile, transformative school projects in collaboration with parents, community members, and subject matter experts.

Prior to CPS, she was the director of corporate and foundation relations for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School where she worked on grant writing, event planning, and board development. Finding her vocation through the formative experience at CRJHS, she leans into her leadership with passion and purpose. Her work with youth through multiple after-school programs was highlighted by the Chicago Fire Foundation with a Hispanic Hero Award in 2011.

Camacho-Campbell Mexican immigrant family instilled a deep commitment for service. She has been on the board of Architreasures, an arts-based community development organization for five years. Throughout her career, she has tutored high school students through a partnership with UIC’s CHANCE Program and the CHASE Fellowship Institute, and tutored elementary students through Big Shoulders Fund. She continuously mentors young Latino professionals interested in careers in public service.

She attended Boston University and Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate School of Social Work. She is a member of the 2020 Civic Leadership Academy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy cohort and Class of 2022 Latino Caucus Foundation Leadership Academy. She lives in Bridgeport, her lifelong community, with her husband and two pups.

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Past generations of Latino leaders have laid a strong foundation, now we must align as a collective and put egos aside to form our legacy – brick by brick.”

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