Organizing

Jesse Rojo

Professional Title: 
North Side/North Area Congregational Organizer
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Jesse, who began with CRS in 2018, grew up in a small town named Hillsboro Oregon. The son of immigrants and a child of poverty, he quickly learned of the damaging effects of racism and bigotry, but also of the devastating effect of a systematic oppression that hurts us all.

Having to grow up watching his father, who owned a small used car dealership, have to work so hard only to barely compete against the larger more established dealerships, Jesse learned that the world was not only unfair but that it was actively stacked in favor of the rich and powerful.

Rishona Taylor

Professional Title: 
South Side Congregational Organizer
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Rishona came to CRS in 2017 and is an alumna of DePaul University, obtaining a B.S. in Commerce and a M.S. in Public Service Management. During her time at DePaul, Rishona fully embraced the Vincentian mission to make a difference, focus on social justice, and serve others by taking meaningful action. She was active in leadership roles with multiple campus groups, participated in the annual Vincentian Service Day events, and served as an International Summer Missions Team Leader for five years.

Andrea (Drea) Hall

Professional Title: 
Director of Organizing

Andrea  (Drea) Hall comes to Community Renewal Society with over ten years of organizing experience in the city of Chicago and a track record of building teams and coalitions for racial and economic justice, most recently as a senior manager at the Chicago Public Schools within the Office of Family and Community Engagement. Drea has always had a passion for working with people, especially those who she can help empower to help themselves and lead.

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