Eighteen years ago, Jenn Carrillo immigrated from Mexico City to follow her dream of obtaining an education. In pursuit of that dream, she laid down roots in Bloomington-Normal ten years ago. Since then she has dedicated herself to making this a community where the rights of every person are upheld.
As a Redbird, Jenn was dedicated to her studies and consistently embodied the values of Illinois State University. She earned a Bachelors of Science in psychology, graduated Summa Cum Laude, served as president of Red Tassel Mortar Board National Honor Society, and earned the title of Robert G. Bone Student Scholar--the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate student. In addition to excelling academically, Jenn demonstrated a commitment to the Bloomington-Normal community by volunteering at multiple local non-profits, helping to lead the "Occupy" movement in 2011, and engaging in activism around immigrant rights issues.
After graduation, Jenn spent several years working as a community organizer in central Illinois with Illinois People’s Action. There, she primarily spearheaded IPA's efforts around immigration reform, but also led a multitude of local campaigns around passage of a fair state budget, reigning in predatory payday lending practices, and protecting the environment.
Jenn is currently the director of Mission Impact at YWCA McLean County. In her role, she leads YWCA’s work on anti-oppression education, voter engagement, criminal record relief, and public policy advocacy around racial equity, immigrant rights, LGBTQ issues, and economic justice. In the past two years, Jenn has been heavily involved in the people-powered campaign that led the Bloomington City Council to establish a civilian review board for police accountability, and the Keep Families Together Campaign for a welcoming city ordinance.
In her free time, Jenn continues to participate in local organizing with Illinois People's Action, serves on the steering commitee for the Central Illinois A.C.L.U chapter, is an active member in Conexiones Latinas, and volunteers as an organizer for the local Black Lives Matter group.
Anyone who knows Jenn will tell you that her home and heart are in the Westside of Bloomington.
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