Director of Community Engagement
Teresa Ramos engages community members in policy, advocacy, and community-building to strengthen the Illinois public school system. Prior to joining Advance Illinois, Teresa was an education organizer and manager of the Grow Your Own Teachers program at ONE (now ONE Northside). Teresa completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology, focused on school culture and educational policy, with a minor in Latina/Latino studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While there, Teresa was a researcher with the Ethnography of the University Initiative and Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society and spent five years working with student affairs and TRIO programs at the Office of Minority Student Affairs. She grew up in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood and attended Chicago Public Schools.