Rey López-Calderón is Director of Organizational Developmen of Common Cause Illinois.
Before joining Common Cause in 2011, López-Calderón worked for a national, faith-based network, where he became the founding organizer of Alliance of the Southeast, an interfaith, multicultural network of churches in Southeast Chicago.
López-Calderón's career as an activist started with work as a volunteer organizer for the United Farm Workers of America. After the death of UFW founder Cesar Chavez, López-Calderón left organizing briefly to earn his undergraduate degree in philosophy, with general honors, at the University of Chicago. He also received the university’s Howell Murray Alumni Association Award.
López-Calderón holds a Juris Doctor from Depaul College of Law. He has been an organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a founding board member of Latino Union of Chicago, a board member of the Alliance of Latinos and Jews, and has worked on several political campaigns both in Chicago and California. He is a long-time advocate for reform of the Chicago Public Schools, having consulted with groups such as the Academy for Urban School Leadership, New Leaders for New Schools and Chicago Communities in Schools.
López-Calderón has appeared on or been quoted in media outlets including Al Jazeera, Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Univision, Telemundo, ABC, and In These Times, among others. He is a member of the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellows Program, a bipartisan, statewide leadership program developed by former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar. In his spare time, he blogs at wonkitude.com.