Venita Griffin possesses over 15 years of experience leading successful advocacy and digital campaigns.

Some of her recent notable achievements include working to mobilize millions of low-income workers to call for the passage of the HEROES Act, organizing displaced restaurant workers to secure benefits from their employers at the start of the COVID pandemic, and leading the comms and digital strategy for the campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in Illinois.

Venita is a digital campaigner with National Domestic Workers Alliance and is the founding social media manager of the Blue Tent, a media outlet that uses research and in-depth reporting to help progressive donors decide where to give. She is also a 2021-2022 Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab Fellow.

Venita was a Winter 2020 Fellow of The Movement School, and a 2019 Fellow of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative, which connects Black women leaders from a variety of sectors with a focus on systems change and economic empowerment. She is a member of CFW’s Anti-Racism Transformation Team and its South Side Giving Circle, which mobilizes women on Chicago’s South Side and in the South Suburbs to invest in the economic, social, and political power of Black women and girls in Chicago. Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Cook County Health Foundation and Girls Like Me Inc.

A New Orleans native, Venita now lives on the south side of Chicago. In her spare time, she is working to launch “Chronically Black,” a social media campaign that amplifies the experiences of Black women living with chronic illnesses.


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