I have dedicated my whole life to public service; creating opportunities for communities to empower themselves. I believe in proactive solutions that facilitate creative opportunities for those that are victims poor economic circumstances are the key to success. As Executive Director of Target Area Development
Corporation, I worked with grassroots communities to educate and empower residents around the most significant issues impacting underserved communitues. We focused on addressing economic development, education and public safety - the three foundations for a safe and flourishing community. I took the the budget of Target Area Development Corporation from $10,000.00 to
$3 million dollars and brought in over 1000 jobs for the communities I worked in. I helped develop 48 units of affordable housing on Chicago’s south and west sides and brought in $52 million to redevelop Auburn-Gresham’s 79th Street Corridor. I
was the lead develeper and financial advisor that brought in 6 million dollars to fund 36 units of housing for low income families.
I have dedicated my life to bringing parents into solution making processes along with students and teachers to address the poor consitions of our public education system. I created city and statewide coalitions such as PRISE to address issues in education and helped create the Grow Your Own Teacher program in Auburn
Gresham, Rock Island and Rockford. I did this because I saw a high number of teacher turnover a low amount of teachers of color and hundreds of individuals of who did want to become teachers but needed qualifications to do so. I have worked with residents in communities with the highest incarceration and recidivism rates to develop proactive solutions that decrease criminalization and
increase education and employment opportunities for ex offenders. I founded the Developing Justice Coalition a 22 member organization covnvened to address the issues of public safety. The coalition lobbied expungement legislations and drafted the SMART ACT, a alternative sentenceing legislation that provides drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration for low-level drug and nonviolents drug offenders . In addiition the coalition supported the Crime Reduction act that creates a coordinated system across the courts, prison and parole systems to more
comprehensively and successfully help people incarcerated rehabilitate and reduce recidivism. We cannot begin to cure social ills of our communities without working with our partners around the city and bridging the gap between ethnic, religous and social
lines. I founded UCCRO- United Congress of Community and Religous Organizations, a multi ethnic alliance advancing human rights and equity policies in Springfield. I also have had the honor of working and sitting on the boards of Advance Illinois
(a statewide education advocacy organization) and CHANGE Illinois (a statewide political reform organization).
National Political Director – Rainbow PUSH;
Leadership and Advisory Roles
Del Valle currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advance Illinois and chairs the Illinois P-20 Council. The statewide
P-20 Council studies and makes recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly to improve the quality of
public education from preschool through college. He also co-chaired the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and co-founded the Illinois Alliance of Latinos and Jews. Always focused on building coalitions, he served as Mayor Harold Washington's Chairman on a Mayoral Advisory Commission and as a board member of several not-for-profit organizations including Josephinum High School.
Since 1979 I have devoted my full time to public service. I have been active in supporting causes, issues and constituencies which I feel deeply about including such issues as peace and an end to the arms race, justice and equality for every member of our society, jobs with living wages for everyone who can work, quality, accessible health care for all, a quality education for every child, an end to discrimination because of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or indigence, protection of a woman=s right to choose, preservation of our environment, a fair taxation system, open, honest and participatory government and full involvement of the people in our democratic system. I believe in empowering people including active support for organizing people on their jobs into labor unions, in their neighborhoods into community organizations, and regionally into political and issue groups. I believe I have been engaged in almost every aspect of labor, education, public safety and criminal justice, health, housing, open government, civil and human rights and immigrant rights
activity impacting Chicago for the past 30+ years.
Board of Directors Cathedral Shelter, Board of Directors National Organization for Women, Board of Directors Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Member Bretton Woods Institute, Member United Nations Civic Board, Member The Chicago Network, Member The Collections Committee of the Field Museum