Staff

Naomi Milstein

Executive Director  | naomi@chicagofreedomschool.org

Naomi has worked in the field of youth development and organizing since 2002. Prior to joining the Chicago Freedom School, Naomi worked in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Mississippi to build youth voice and leadership for educational justice.  Before joining the Chicago Freedom School, Naomi worked with the Restorative Justice Program at Alternatives Inc. where she worked with over 100 public schools across Chicago to implement restorative discipline systems to combat the school to prison pipeline. Naomi was born outside of Chicago and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

 

Tony Alvarado-Rivera

Youth Programs Director   |  tony@chicagofreedomschool.org

Tony is a multi-issue community builder working and living within an anti-oppression and harm reduction framework. Most recently, Alvarado-Rivera completed his tenure at Broadway Youth Center as the Mentor Program Coordinator. Additional experience includes work with the groundbreaking About Face Youth Theatre and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York.

 

Xavier Danae MaatRa

Training Consultant  |  xavier@chicagofreedomschool.org

Xavier Danae MaatRa is a community organizer and activist from Southern New Jersey. For over a decade he has traveled the country as a organizer in the labor movement, social justice workshop facilitator and youth advocate. Before joining CFS, Xavier worked with LGBT youth through the Drop in Program at the Broadway Youth Center and helped to build a coalition of youth agencies to strengthen youth programs on Chicago's Southwest side.  In his free time, Xavier is a self-proclaimed music fiend, budding poet, and student of Pan African Studies. He's passionate about creating workshops that showcase the connection between popular education, people's history and the rhythms of Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz as tools of resistance, transformation, and political change.  Learn more here. 

 

Jacqulyn A. Hamilton

Wellness Coordinator  | jacqulyn@chicagofreedomschool.org

Jacqulyn lives her work.  She blends theory and practice to address the social and institutional impact of power and oppression on our physical, emotional and political bodies.  Her work prioritizes the intersections where politics, policy, identity and institutions meet.  She draws on her background in political theory, grassroots organizing, strategy, popular education and healing justice to support others as they become agents for their physical, political and emotional wellness.  Though a seasoned facilitator, youth advocate and post-secondary school educator, you may also find her in private practice as a licensed massage therapist.  A proud daughter of Chicago's West Side, she carries the lessons and values her community has taught her as she travels to teach and learn about African diasporic technologies and traditions.