For The COFI Way report, COFI engaged a journalist to interview prominent decision makers who had worked closely with COFI parent leaders over the years.  These interviews (below) reveal and illustrate the “COFI Way” of parent-led policy change works.  COFI trains and supports parents to be effective, high-impact, and centrally involved in policy and systems change that makes a difference for their children and families.

COFI’s groundbreaking model of parents building authentic relationships with decision makers has resulted in school discipline policies that help break the school-to-prison pipeline, restoring recess for all children in Chicago public schools, and new and effective programs to make sure all children have access to quality early learning.

Policymaker Interviews

José Alvarez

Former External Affairs Officer, Chicago Public Schools; Chief of Staff, Washington, D.C. Superintendent of Education

Carlos Azcoitia

Distinguished Professor of Practice, National Louis University; Former Member, Chicago Board of Education

Barbara Bowman

Retired Chief Early Learning Officer, Chicago Public Schools

Tawa Jogunosimi

Former Director of Education Policy and Partnerships, Office of the Mayor, Chicago

Tom Layman

Vice President, Program Development, Illinois Action for Children

Vanessa Rich

Deputy Commissioner, Department of Family and Support Services, City of Chicago

Kathy Ryg

Former Illinois State Representative; Retired President, Voices for Illinois Children

Nancy Shier

Retired Vice-President of Illinois Policy, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Elizabeth Swanson

Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Education, Office of the Mayor, Chicago