Alexandria WillisAdvocate Healthcare, Strategic Planning and Innovation Analyst
Alexandria Willis is a passionate and steadfast advocate for vulnerable populations and healthy communities in Chicago. From an early age, Alexandria displayed an extraordinary empathy for others and desire for justice. Alexandria used those motivations to pursue a career in healthcare. For the past 10 years, Alexandria has worked to improve healthcare in Chicago as a Geriatric Nurse, a Health Educator, and in her current role, a strategic innovator for the largest not for profit health system in Illinois.
As a resident of the Bronzeville community, she has utilized her personal time to work directly with organizations that strengthen resources in the community and advocate directly for residents that are: homeless, at risk youth, senior citizens, and members of the neighborhood that want to live in better conditions. For the last four years,he has served as a board member of The Renaissance Collaborative, and she is also involved with Urban Juncture Foundation, Neighborhood Housing Services, and the Englewood Quality of Life Plan. She’s also a founding member of Friends of 51st Street, a block club that has sponsored annual Bronzeville Clean & Green Days and block parties.
Alexandria is a proud Chicago Public School alumna. Alexandria holds a B.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University and a M.A. in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alexandria’s educational background in healthcare, policy, and administration as well as her practical experience analyzing large and diverse data sets and making recommendations to senior leadership has prepared her to work collaboratively to create safe and sustainable communities.