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Justice Reform Advocate Kimberly Foxx to Address Adler Graduates in Chicago 08.16.16
Justice Reform Advocate Kimberly Foxx to Address Adler Graduates in Chicago

Adler University is pleased to announce that justice reform advocate and Adler trustee Kimberly Foxx will address the graduates at Adler's 2016 Commencement ceremonies in Chicago.

Commencement will take place at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Chicago Theater. Adler University President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., will confer the graduates’ degrees.

Justice and justice reform remain the focus of Ms. Foxx’s career, especially in regard to juveniles in the courts. She spent her early childhood growing up in Chicago’s Cabrini Green public housing complex, and later, for a time, lived with her mother in a homeless shelter. She has felt the weight of poverty, and these formative experiences with struggle contribute to her deep understanding of the effects of crime, violence and poverty on our communities.

After graduating with her law degree from Southern Illinois University, Ms. Foxx became a guardian ad litem in the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, where she managed a caseload of more than 150 children navigating the justice system, many of whom had been abused or neglected, or had special needs.

As an Assistant State’s Attorney for 12 years, Ms. Foxx supervised dozens of peer attorneys in felony juvenile courtrooms. As a frontline prosecutor, she managed a docket of more than 5,000 criminal cases. During this time she became President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association.

Ms. Foxx’s experience in the courtroom—where she conducted and supervised jury trials in everything from first-degree murder to criminal sexual assault and vehicular hijacking cases—informed her role as advisor and lead strategist to Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board.

As Chief of Staff, Ms. Foxx oversaw a $4 billion annual budget, and counseled Ms. Preckwinkle on issues ranging from finances to public safety and juvenile detention. As lead architect of the Preckwinkle administration’s criminal justice reform agenda. Ms. Foxx led work to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and her efforts resulted in a significant drop in the Cook County jail population while maintaining public safety.

Ms. Foxx also continues her work as a community advocate and hands-on leader at a number of vital organizations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Adler University, and has served as Chair of the Board for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, as well as Board President for Free Spirit Media, a nonprofit that partners with schools and organizations to provide education, access, and opportunity in media production to underserved urban youth.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.