Civic and Youth Engagement Manager
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Celina Villanueva is currently the civic and youth engagement manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. With a focus on building immigrant power, developing leaders, and expanding voting rights, Villanueva ties in her background in organizing, civic engagement, and youth development to engage immigrant communities and allies throughout Illinois into the various campaigns at ICIRR.
Prior to joining ICIRR, Villanueva served as the director of organizing at Chicago Votes, as well as working on various issue-based campaigns including the fight for Marriage Equality in Illinois. She also previously served as outreach coordinator for Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a role that superseded her work on various state and local electoral campaigns.
Villanueva, a born and bred Chicago girl, graduated with a B.A in Latina/Latino Studies with minors in African-American Studies and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.