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Ahmadou “Mo” Dramé is the director at the Illinois Justice Project.
Previously, he was the Housing and Community Development Policy Manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC). And prior to joining MPC, he served as the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Affairs at Safer Foundation, one of the nation’s largest organizations helping people with arrest and conviction records reenter society. Mo was instrumental in the passage of the Just Housing Amendment – an ordinance that prevents housing discrimination against millions of people with records in Cook County, Illinois. Prior to working at Safer Foundation, he worked as a Community Organizer on Chicago’s West Side.
Beyond work, Mo enjoys working out, traveling, and reading. A few of his favorite books include “I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle” and “Finding the Winning Edge” by Bill Walsh. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his master’s degree in Public Administration, both from DePaul University.
Mo serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors at both Chicago United for Equity and the African-American Leadership and Policy Institute.