As a member of Common Cause Illinois staff, the community’s needs are at the forefront of Agnes’ mind, guiding every aspect of her work. Ms. Gray’s earlier work in voter advocacy and education consisted of fielding phone calls for the Election Protection Network and reporting issues that Tennessee voters experienced at the polls during the 2016 presidential election.
Before relocating to Chicago, Agnes engaged in dynamic coalition building and community outreach initiatives across Georgia, spearheading Common Cause Georgia’s robust Election Protection field program during the 2022 election cycle.
Ms. Gray’s time prior to Common Cause consisted of serving as a front-line researcher and advocate for the Tennessee NAACP and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Tennessee Participatory Redistricting Project. Through her work, she emphasized the need for community voice and input in the redistricting process while amplifying the importance of ensuring fair representation, equal protection, and compliance with the Voting Rights Act.
Agnes earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Multimedia Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.