Parent Campaigns

POWER-PAC parents are changing the way things get done!

POWER-PAC is a cross-cultural, citywide membership organization of COFI-trained parents whose mission is to build the voice and power of low-income, immigrant and working families by uniting parents across race and community around issues of importance to children and families.

POWER-PAC members are from throughout Chicago, including the neighborhoods of Austin, Englewood, Garfield Park, Hermosa, Humboldt Park, Kenwood, Lawndale, Little Village, Pilsen, Washington Park, West Lawn, West Town and Woodlawn.

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POWER-PAC Campaigns

Elementary Justice Campaign

Parents launched the Elementary Justice Campaign because zero tolerance punishments like suspensions, expulsions, and arrests...

Early Learning Campaign

Fighting for access to quality early learning programs for all families In 2007, POWER-PAC leaders...

Stepping Out of Poverty

Working to end the cycle of poverty In 2009, POWER-PAC leaders began work to address the...

members and Representative Danny Davis.

Recess, Food and Health

While working on school discipline policies, parents began to see that children who were denied...

Celebrating Together

Celebrating victories, milestones, and community is integral to the COFI way of building deep relationships...

POWER-PAC Newsletter and Action Priorities

POWER-PAC Executive Board and Governing Council

POWER-PAC Executive Board and Governing Council

POWER-PAC recently approved a new leadership structure for the organization. Parent leaders created four new regional branches in Chicago and two delegates from each of those branches along with the co-chairs of POWER-PAC’s four issue committees will make up the new Governing Council. Regional branches were formed on Chicago’s north/northwest side, south side, west side and southwest side.

POWER-PAC Governing Council 2017

Charlene Campbell is a mother of 7 children and grandmother of 4. She was born in Washington D.C. and raised in New Orleans. She is the Co-Chair of the Elementary Justice Committee and works as a Peace Maker at Reavis Elementary School. Charlene is also a Food Ambassador Team Leader.

Concepción Saldivar, POWER-PAC Vice Co-Chair, is a Mexican-immigrant mother of three whose children attend Lee Elementary in the West Lawn Community.  Concepción got involved with POWER-PAC when she lived in the Pilsen community, through COFI’s partnership with Pilsen Alliance at Whittier Elementary School.  She now resides in the West Lawn community. Concepcion is the Co-Chair of the Health, Food and Recess Committee and is also a Food Ambassador Team Leader.

Donna Carpenter is the mother of 5 and grandmother of 3 and is a long-time resident of the Englewood community.  She has been active at the Holmes school for over ten years and served as a Walking Preschool bus conductor there. She was also a Food and Head Start Ambassador.  She is active on POWER-PAC’s Early Learning Committee and is a long-time participant in the Southside Parents United Roundtable. Donna is a delegate to the Southside branch.

Doña Maria Sanchez is a Mexican-immigrant and has been an active POWER-PAC leader for many years. She is the mother of eight and grandmother of 16. She is a founding member of POWER-PAC and a delegate for the Southwest branch.

Felipa Mena, POWER-PAC Co-Chair, is a Mexican-immigrant mother and serves as community representative for Wells High School Local School Council.   She is President of the Board of West Town Leadership United. In addition, she has organized with the Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, a day labor organizing group and is active in many immigrants’ rights struggles.  She is also the co-chair of the Elementary Justice Committee, a member of COFI’s board, and was previously a Peacemaker at Wells High School.

Gloria Harris, POWER-PAC Vice Co-Chair, is an African-American grandmother of 21. She is an active member of the Austin Wide Parent Network and a recognized leader in the movement to increase access to early education programs for low-income parents, appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Illinois Early Learning Council. She is the co-chair of the Early Learning Committee.

Heather Bunker is a Polish American mother who lives in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. She is co-chair of the Health, Food and Recess Committee and serves as a Food Ambassador Team Leader. Heather was also a Peace Maker at Nixon Elementary School.

Katrina Falkner is a mother of one daughter.   She is active in the Englewood community, running her own community center for children.  She is a member of POWER-PAC’s Early Learning Committee and long-time participant in the Southside Parents United Roundtable.  She has worked for COFI as a Head Start Ambassador. Katrina is a delegate of the Southside branch.

Leticia Patiño is a Mexican-immigrant mother from the Hermosa community. She is part of the LSC at Nixon school, where she is working to have a new playground built. Leticia was a parent Peace Maker at Nixon Elementary School and a Food Ambassador. She is a delegate of the Northwest branch.

Maralda Davis is a long-time Austin resident and North Lawndale activist who has raised several children, including nieces and nephews.  She is an active member of POWER-PAC’s Early Learning Committee and worked as a Walking Preschool Bus conductor and is a Head Start Ambassador. Maralda is a delegate of the West Side branch.

Michelle Morton is an African-American mother from the Austin neighborhood. She is a longtime member of the Early Learning Campaign and is a Head Start Ambassador Team Leader. Michelle is a delegate of the West Side Branch.

Nancy Santiago is a Puerto Rican mother from the Hermosa community. She is a founding member of POWER-PAC and was the president of parent patrol in her community for 13 years. Nancy is a delegate of the Northwest branch.

Rosalva Nava is a Mexican mother of four children from the West Town community.  Two of her children are in college and two attend school at Pritzker School.  Rosalva has been involved in West Town Leadership United and is a COFI Parent Peer Trainer, a Peacemaker, and Head Start Ambassador. She is co-chair of the Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign.

Rosazlia Grillier, POWER-PAC Co-Chair, is a single African-American mom, is a long-time member of POWER-PAC representing the Englewood community and is a COFI peer trainer.  She was awarded Allstate’s 2011 Give Back Day Award, a national recognition honoring community volunteers and she is a member of COFI’s Board. Rose is the co-chair of the Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign.

Yeny Duran is a Mexican mother from Little Village. In her community, Yeny has taken a leadership role with Enlace Chicago, having gone through their Parent Leaders for College program and she has served as the volunteer coordinator for the Little Village Education Summit.  She also volunteers at and is a member of the Bilingual Advisory Committee at her son’s school, Cardenas Elementary School. She is a co-chair of POWER-PAC’s Early Learning Committee and has served as a Head Start Ambassador.