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Office of Legislative and Community Affairs

Jennifer Mason
Vice Chancellor for Legislative and Community Affairs

Our Values

The Office of Legislative and Community Affairs strives to maintain positive relations between government offices, local campuses, and our neighbors and to work collaboratively with community groups to improve the educational experience of our students. The mission of LGA is to provide legislative, regulatory, and financial support to CCC through proactive representation before the City of Chicago City Council, the Illinois General Assembly, the offices of Illinois constitutional officers, and the United States Congress.                                        

We seek to introduce legislation that is beneficial to CCC, to expand and maintain financial opportunities for the District, and to foster working relationships with elected officials, government agencies and industry experts. Our goals are to ensure public understanding of City Colleges' programs and initiatives, ascertain public attitudes toward issues in education, and identify the public's educational expectations for their students.                                                           
We have developed and will manage the Strategic Community Outreach & Legislative Affairs Plan for City Colleges, which is a focused approach aligned with the District's core business of education.                                                       

Our Core Objectives

We seek to define and advance excellence in community engagement by:                                                           
  • Identifying key indicators of excellence in the community, state organizations, and local schools
  • Identifying potential goals for achieving excellence in community engagement in the next five years
  • Locating where we are now relative to that vision and what is supporting/hindering the various constituencies in achieving excellence at present
  • Addressing how best to make progress toward sustained excellence in community engagement through appropriate programs, networks, relationships, and structures.
  • Addressing questions amongst government officials and school/community events.              

Faculty & Staff

Jen Mason
Vice Chancellor for Legislative and Community Affairs
Kate McCormick
District Director of Civic Engagement
Iris Millan
District Director of Government Affairs
Nate Ward
Community Relations Strategist
Pedro Pedroza Rodriguez
Community Relations Strategist
Steven Gomez
Community Relations Strategist

Contact Information

(312) 553-2500


Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm


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