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President and Chief Executive Off...

Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Action
4753 N. Broadway Ste. 1200
Chicago , Illinois 60640
United States

Company Description: Illinois Action for Children has championed the cause of quality child care and early education for families and children throughout Illinois for 37 years.Action...   more

Employment History


  • Bachelor's degree , History
    Clarke College
  • Master's degree , Social Services
    The University of Chicago
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Leadership Fellows Association Board of Directors — Leadership Greater Chicago, 11 April 2015 [cached]
MARIA WHELAN President/CEO, Illinois Action for Children
Maria Whelan, executive ..., 13 July 2009 [cached]
Maria Whelan, executive director of Illinois Action for Children, said child care for 150,000 children statewide is at risk.
"Come the middle of the month, it's going to be mayhem,'' Whelan said.
Leadership - Illinois Action for Children, 29 Oct 2014 [cached]
Maria Whelan, President & CEO
Maria Whelan has served as Illinois Action for Children's President and CEO since 2001. She leads the organization's mission to support strong families and powerful communities where children matter most, through the advancement of innovative human services programs and responsive public policies that improve conditions for children and families in Illinois.
An authority in the early care and education field, Maria possesses over 30 years of experience in human services. Prior to joining Illinois Action for Children, she served as the founding Executive Director of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, a multicultural nonprofit partnership among parents, youth and communities on Chicago's West Side. Her leadership has been recognized through special awards and fellowships, including the Community Service Fellowship from the Chicago Community Trust, and Leadership Greater Chicago. She currently serves on several boards, including the Illinois Early Learning Council, Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Early Childhood Advisory Committee - Chicago Public Schools and Illinois Child Care Advisory Council - Illinois Department of Human Services.
Maria holds a Master's degree in Social Services from The University of Chicago, and a Bachelor's degree in History from Clarke College. She lives in Chicago with her husband and has three daughters.
LDN - Top Stories, 13 Feb 2006 [cached]
"Thousands of children across Illinois now have a chance that will make a difference for a lifetime," said Maria Whelan, president and chief executive officer of Action for Children.
Board of Directors - Illinois Action for Children, 29 Oct 2014 [cached]
Maria Whelan President & CEO, Illinois Action for Children
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