Olga joined the Alliance in 2019, bringing deep roots in the environmental justice community and wealth of experience as an environmental advocate. She has dedicated her professional career to improving the quality of life in her community on Chicago’s Southeast Side, which she continues to do in her role as Community Planning Manager. Olga has leverages her expertise as a facilitator, advocate, and thought leader to advance the Alliance’s green infrastructure initiatives and clean water priorities. As Community Planning Manager covering Chicago, Olga elevates and champions equitable land use decisions in her beloved Southeast Side. In addition to her role at the Alliance, Olga is a board member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF) and a Mentor to the youth girls organization, Rebel Bells.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Olga served as Community Leadership Director for Our City Our Voice in Chicago, a civic engagement organization aimed at increasing participation in local governance. Before that, Olga led community engagement efforts for the Participatory Budgeting Project. Olga is trained in Restorative Justice Conflict Resolution and has also served as a Local School Council Parent Representative at John L. Marsh School, and a YWCA Crisis Intervention Specialist. As one of the leading organizers of the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Pet Coke, Olga helped lead the campaign that won action by federal, state and local politicians to address pressing environmental issues in the 10th Ward – including Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Chicago City Council and Illinois Governor’s Office. In her spare time, Olga enjoys spending time on her creative and DIY hobbies, including her balloon mapping project, for which she was nominated to present at the White House Maker Faire.