We welcomed Brandon Marks to our community organizing staff this month. We asked Brandon to introduce himself.
I am beyond excited to join the staff of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless as the Fair Tax State Organizer. My work will focus on supporting and expanding the Homeless Prevention State Network in northern Illinois, with the primary goal of passing the Fair Tax ballot initiative in November.
Previously, I have contributed to efforts to unionize the fast food industry through the Fight for $15 and supported progressive candidates in primary elections. I also volunteer with a new mutual aid effort in the Logan Square neighborhood.
Before moving to Chicago I lived in Mexico City, where I learned to speak Spanish and worked at a non-profit on economic development. I also volunteered with Otros Dreams en Acción, a community of deported and returned migrants. I have also worked in the Office of Economic Development for the City of New Haven, Conn.
I grew up in a smaller Jewish suburb in south Florida. From a young age, I learned and practiced the values of kehillah kedoshah, tzedek, and tikun olam – holy community, justice, and repairing the world. These values led me to become a community organizer and are the foundation of my approach to building community power today.
I graduated from Yale University in 2018 with a degree in Global Affairs. I primarily studied the history of oppression and the social movements that confront it, both in the U.S. and Latin America. The classes, discussions, and actions in which I participated taught me about the power people have when they come together to fight for what they deserve.
I am inspired by CCH’s work on housing justice and I can’t wait to learn from the incredible community of staff, partners, and leaders.