Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow and Policy Analyst
Nancy Negrete is a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow and Policy Analyst, working in the Reimagining the Criminal Legal System program area. She leverages the tools of community organizing and data analysis to understand how the criminal legal system impacts the everyday lives of communities of color in Chicagoland.
Nancy holds an MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, an MA in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Wellesley College. Previously, she worked for an environmental justice and civil rights organization where she was a lead researcher on the use of education and interpretation to engage communities of color in parks, beaches, and public lands. She also worked closely with faith leaders to advocate for just immigration policies in California.
As a native of Southeast Los Angeles and a daughter of Mexican immigrants, Nancy is passionate about ensuring that communities of color have access to healthy and livable environments. She believes policy and legislation have the power to change the everyday experiences of marginalized communities and seeks to work alongside the community to advocate for just and equitable policies.