Grace Araya is the Vice President of Community Impact. In this role, she will continue to provide strategic oversight of the Community Systems Statewide Supports program and take a leadership role over the Community Parenting Support Saturation program, the Referrals and Outreach teams as well as supporting our Chicago and Cook County programs.
Prior to this role, Grace was instrumental in launching the Community Systems Statewide Supports training and technical assistance (T/TA) program for local collaborations. Most recently, she has provided leadership in building out T/TA supports for the Birth to Five Illinois regional community systems effort. Before joining Illinois Action for Children, Grace worked as the Director for Eyes on the Future in Chicago.
Grace brings nearly 20 years of experience in early childhood education to her work advancing systems change and engaging community stakeholders through racial equity and human-centered approaches.
Grace has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Art of Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University, and a Master of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.