Jessie Fuentes

Chicago City Council, Ward 26

Jessie will be the first out LGBTQ+ Afro-Latina elected to the Chicago City Council!


Jessie Fuentes was raised in Humboldt Park. A grassroots organizer, educator, and public policy advocate, she has over a decade of experience working in education, criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and community development.

A lifelong Chicagoan and resident of the Northwest side, Jessie spent most of her formative years growing up and working in Humboldt Park. From a young age, Jessie faced the effects of parental substance abuse, mental illness, and job instability, and by the age of fifteen, Jessie was working to ensure she and her sister had food on the table. The generational trauma weighing heavily on Jessie led to her deal with her own struggles of resentment, anger, and with the juvenile justice system, as experienced by far too many young Chicagoans.

Jessie, a Director of Policy and Youth Advocacy, created a $4 Million violence prevention program that now serves the Humboldt Park and Hermosa Park communities and has led efforts to preserve the culture and economic vibrancy of our neighborhood by making Humboldt Park a Cultural District.

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