About Cristina Villarreal
Cristina was raised in Wheeling, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago. She was president of her 8th grade class at Oliver Wendell Holmes middle school and attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. In 1998, she was awarded the Cook County Red Ribbon award for her community service work and efforts as a peer leader at Omni Youth Services.
In 1999, Cristina was awarded a Frederick Douglass Scholarship, and moved to Washington D.C. to attend American University. After receiving a Bachelors degree in International Relations with a focus on Latin America, she held various positions working for Congresswoman Hilda Solis, who also served as the Secretary of the Department of Labor. While working on the Hill in various positions, Cristina focused on international, women, and Latino legislative and policy issues. Before leaving Washington D.C., she also worked at Harold Icke’s The Media Fund, a 527 focusing on Anti-Bush campaign ads.
Cristina then returned to Chicago to attend DePaul College of Law. While in law school, she continued to fulfill her passion for public service as a law clerk for the Cook County Public Defender’s office and Life Span, a non-profit organization providing legal services for victims of domestic violence. Cristina also worked as a research assistant for the DePaul College of Law’s Immigration and Asylum Clinic and spent three semesters on DePaul’s Death Penalty Clinic. After graduating law school, Cristina assisted the Obama for America campaign with their Latino vote efforts, worked on various political campaigns on a national, state, and local level and also worked for the Cook County Democratic Party. As a blogger her writings have focused on Latino and women issues, and have been featured on Being Latino, Latinopoliticsblog.com and her personal blog La Cristina Dice.
Currently, Cristina works as Communications Director for the Cook County Assessor’s Office and serves as President of the National Organization for Women — Chicago Chapter.