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Rey López-Calderón


reylc AT commoncause DOT org

Rey López-Calderón is the executive director of Common Cause Illinois. 

Prior to working with Common Cause, Rey López-Calderón was an organizer with the Gamaliel Foundation, where he founded Alianza Leadership institute, a unique Latino organizing institute. He also launched Alliance of the Southeast, a faith-based, social-justice organization that brings together African-Americans and Latinos on the south side of Chicago.

In addition to his work in community organizing, he has been a union organizer, a political consultant, education consultant, and a strategic planner. He has served on several boards including the Alliance of Latinos and Jews, Latino Union, and the South Chicago Arts Center.

López-Calderón studied philosophy at the University of Chicago where he was graduated with General Honors and received the Alumni Association’s medal for outstanding student leadership as a founder of the first chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) in Illinois. He also holds a Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law. He blogs in his spare time at cockroachpeople.com