NLC Chicago '19 Alumna
Campaign Director, Healthy Illinois
Graciela Guzmán is a healthcare advocate in Chicago and is Campaign Director for Healthy Illinois, a statewide coalition committed to fighting for healthcare for all people in Illinois regardless of their immigration status. Healthy Illinois just won a key victory in expanding healthcare for immigrants in the state by making Illinois the first state in the nation to expand healthcare to low-income seniors regardless of their immigration status, paving the way for bigger healthcare wins in years to come. Her passion for healthcare, community, and helping others is derived from her family’s early experiences immigrating to the United States from El Salvador to escape the Salvadorean Civil War.
Graciela has expertise in outreach, engagement, and empowerment strategies for Latino populations and immigrant populations. She has a passion for community organizing and social justice work and has participated in numerous campaigns, including movements for healthcare access and the fight for economic justice through a progressive income tax in Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. Her interests in immigration, racial equity, and an overall vision of a better Chicago for disenfranchised communities have led her to join the Executive Board for New Leaders Council Chicago as Civic Engagement Co-Chair and act as one of co-chairs of the NLC Latinx Caucus.
Locally to Chicago, she champions a more just Chicago through her participation on the boards of the Chicago Women's March, Health and Medicine Research Policy Group, and ACA Consumer Advocacy. Graciela was part of the 2019 Cohort of the Latino Policy Forum’s Multicultural Leadership Academy, a program encouraging intercultural collaboration and collaborative social action between Latinos and African Americans in Illinois, the New Leaders Council, and is presently in 2020 Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership Program that works of developing emerging women of color leaders engaged in social, economic, and justice movements.