Our People

Olivia Blocker
Senior Program Director
Why be a star when you can make a constellation? - Naomi Murakawa
Chicago, Illinois


Olivia Blocker began her professional life managing public health research projects, and beginning in 2018, she managed a campaign to close youth prisons in Illinois. As a Campaign Manager, she worked closely with formerly incarcerated youth on developing ethical and participatory communications and organizing strategies. She remains an avid data nerd dedicated to making policy accessible, engaging, and impactful. She comes to storytelling work with a unique approach based in accessibility and relationship-building. In addition to her professional experience, Olivia holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, an English Literature degree from McGill University, and Certificate in Data Analysis and Visualization from Northwestern University.

Highlights & Background

While social change work has been a big part of Olivia’s professional life over the last two years, it has been a part of her personal life for longer. She has brought her skills in organizing, communications, and data analysis to wide variety of community-based organizations over the last 10 years, but police and prison abolition, and reproductive justice remain two issue areas nearest and dearest to her heart. She currently sits on the board of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and continues organizing work in her city. In her remaining down time, Olivia enjoys a good Netflix binge, cuddling her dog, and frustrating her partner with her latest DIY scheme.