Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Research
Maralea Negron serves as the Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Research for The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence. As the Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Research, Maralea works to create policy solutions that prioritize the lived experiences of survivors. Her advocacy efforts have been centered on strengthening social safety nets and protections for survivors. As an organizer, she is passionate about addressing the underlying systems that enable gender-based violence in our communities and works in close collaboration with The Network’s membership organizations to inform a comprehensive policy platform.
Maralea brings intergovernmental affairs, legislative, and grassroots organizing experience to the role as the former Operations Director for the Democratic Party of Illinois and the Chief of Staff to Representative Kelly Cassidy, 14th District. She most recently completed a four-year term on the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission of the Illinois Department of Human Rights, investigating cases of rights violations for persons with disabilities.