Stevie Valles, Executive Director of Chicago Votes, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but has lived all over the place – Virginia, Alabama, Washington DC, Dallas, Austin, and now Chicago. A graduate of Oakwood University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Stevie has committed his entire career to make sure all people have a voice and are welcomed as equals. Stevie joins Chicago Votes after working as the National Campaigns Director for the Alliance for Youth Action (formerly the Bus Federation), where he coordinated large projects including National Voter Registration Day, which resulted in 777,321 new registered voters in 2017, and the American Voter Guide project. He has also worked in the US Senate, the Texas Legislature, and on presidential, gubernatorial, and affordable housing campaigns. Stevie loves music, dogs, writing, singing, and, most of all, playing basketball.