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Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Tom Tresser


Mr. Tresser is an educator, organizer, creativity champion, public defender and fighter of privatization. He has been involved in civic engagement and grassroots democracy efforts for over 40 years. His first voter registration campaign was in 1972. Mr. Tresser has also founded or led 13 nonprofit enterprises. He was a co-founder of Protect Our Parks, a neighborhood effort to stop the privatization of public space in Chicago.

Mr. Tresser was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago, an all-volunteer grassroots effort that opposed Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid. He has taught workshops on "The Politics of Creativity – A Call To Service" for arts service organizations in six states. He has published a web-based project, "America Needs You!" about the need for artists to get involved in politics.

Mr. Tresser is proud to announce the launch of a new civic project, The CivicLab, a space where activists, educators, coders and designers meet to collaborate, teach, and build tools for civic engagement. The space is located in Chicago's West Loop. Mr. Tresser is the lead organizer for the TIF Illumination Project that is investigating and explaining the impacts of Tax Increment Financing districts on a ward-by-ward basis. He and the TIF Illumination Project are profiled in the cover story of the July 22, 2013, issue of The Nation entitled "Chicago Rising!"


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