Dr. Irving and Kristen share insights and anecdotes on leading and building small organizations with fearless passion.
Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director Get IN Chicago and former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler” Kristen and Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director Get IN Chicago and former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, discuss how to navigate through different roles throughout your career to impact people and organizations. Dr. Irving and Kristen share insights and anecdotes on leading and building small organizations with fearless passion.
Toni Irving, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Get IN Chicago, a private fund that identifies and accelerates multi-sector approaches to addressing complex social problems like youth violence. Toward this end we convene public and private organizations to help improve the way service providers understand, identify, and reach their clients. Funding supports systems for more comprehensive and coordinated service delivery; increased capacity and capability of community
based organizations; and improved data use.
Previously, Dr. Irving was Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. There she oversaw policy and planning, personnel, legislative and operations issues for public safety and human services agencies with a combined budget of $8 billion. In the department of Juvenile Justice Irving implemented a therapeutic model of care which led to a population decrease of 70% as well as the closure of two state juvenile facilities during her tenure.
Prior to her government service Dr. Irving was a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame where she conducted research and teaching on law, literature and social policy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, Master of Arts degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, and Ph.D. from New York University. In 2011, Dr. Irving received the MacArthur Foundation “Champion for Change” award, recognizing her efforts to reform juvenile justice. Born in Philadelphia, she has resided in Chicago since 2000.
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