Christi Chadwick

Senior Policy Advisor

As a member of the policy team, Christi supports Advance Illinois’ work in early childhood. Christi has spent over 20 years focused on advancing high-quality early learning opportunities for young children, particularly those from under-resourced communities. Prior to her work at Advance Illinois, Christi worked in roles in Colorado and Illinois where she focused on issues related to developing, strengthening, and better compensating the early childhood workforce in positions such as Workforce Development Policy Director in the Illinois Governor’s Office for Early Childhood Development and Early Learning Policy Director in the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office. Additionally, Christi has worked on initiatives to ensure high-quality environments for young children, including serving as District Director for Child Development at City Colleges of Chicago, where she led the restructuring of five urban child development laboratory centers.
Christi began her career teaching kindergarten and has experience teaching college and mentoring student teachers. Christi received her bachelor’s and master’s in early childhood education from the University of North Texas, and her master’s of public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago, where she was an Irving B. Harris Child and Family Policy Fellow.