Eliza Solowiej has been Executive Director for over four years. She is dedicated to stopping the cradle-to-prison pipeline and replacing it with government accountability for human rights. For 20 years, she has focused her career on youth, community and organizational leadership development. She is a Public Allies staff alumna, AmeriCorps alumna and management consultant for capacity building and social responsibility in the public and private sectors. Further, Eliza is a graduate of University of Chicago and the John Marshall Law School, holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, and has been a foster parent for teenage youth in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She is a Chicago Community Trust Fellow Alumna, Civic Leadership Academy Alumna, and serves on boards for Southside Together Organizing for Power, the National Lawyers Guild, the West Side Justice Center and the Chicago Community Bond Fund.
Contact: Eliza (at) first-defense .org