Claudia Marchan

Daring to continue DREAMing: Stories of Identity, Prejudice, Illegality and Adaptation

Claudia started her passion for community organizing during her time at Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) a non for profit organization in Pilsen in 2004. At PNCC Claudia worked on community organizing issues that were important to the community such as access to education and early childhood education initiatives, access to affordable healthcare and comprehensive immigration reform amongst others.  At PNCC Claudia also organized and fundraised for Fiesta del Sol the largest fundraiser festival in the Midwest.

Claudia joined the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in 2015 as a Grants and Contracts Manager and is now part of the neighborhoods team working on the Hermosa Quality of Life Plan.  Claudia is also working in the Belmont Cragin, Pilsen, Near North and Albany Park neighborhoods. Claudia obtained an MBA from National Louis University in 2009 and is currently a part of the Community Psychology doctoral program at National Louis University where she is assisting to further the work on the issues that she is passionate about immigration and access to education with a focus on DACA recipients.

Claudia is a mother of two young children and hopes to instill in them a love and passion for education and helping others.

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