As the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, Sessy Nyman directs state and federal legislative strategy and coalition building for Illinois Action for Children. Her leadership and advocacy efforts have contributed to an increase of state resources invested in early care and education by more than $160 million. In addition to negotiating legislative outcomes and spearheading administrative advocacy to state agencies, Nyman manages statewide campaigns for policy change and increases in fiscal expenditures; creates partnerships with community organizations, parents and faith-based initiatives; and develops grassroots organizing activities and strategies. She has a long-standing professional history in advocating for vulnerable populations, including her work as the Director of the Violence Prevention Project for the Alliance for Logan Square Organizations.
Nyman earned her Master’s degree in Cultural Geography from The University of Massachusetts – Amherst and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from The University of South Carolina. She resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.