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City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees


Clarisol Duque, Trustee

Clarisol Duque has a wealth of experience in public service and community relations.  She’s led grassroots campaigns for the United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago, a countywide campaign for Friends of Durbin and directed Latino media outreach for Obama for America.  She’s spent the last ten years as an aide to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, currently serving as Chicago Director and Chief of Staff.  Trustee Duque is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences.  


Rev. Darrell Griffin, Trustee


Rev. Darrell Griffin is the Senior Pastor of Oakdale Covenant Church, serving in this capacity for nearly 14 years.  He’s also the senior partner of Urban Ministries Advantage, where he provides coaching and training resources for pastors and church leaders. Trustee Griffin is a published author and spiritual leader; he has spoken at churches, corporations and educational organizations throughout the country. He has a B.A. in marketing from Morehouse College, a Masters of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School and a Doctorate of Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary.  


Marisela Lawson, Trustee

Marisela Lawson is a partner and founder at Sagence Group. Lawson’s experience in management consulting is extensive. Before joining Sagence Group, Lawson served as Director of Business Intelligence for Forsythe Solutions Group working with different functions including sales, marketing, operations, and product groups, to increase sales. Lawson also served a Principal at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and a senior consultant at Accenture. Lawson earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.   


Eliana Blancas, Student Trustee

Eliana Blancas is a native of Arizona who is currently a full-time student at Harold Washington College, majoring in Political Science.  Eliana served as Senate Chair for the Student Government Association and the Local Issues Subcommittee Chair with the Illinois Community College Board, Student Advisory Committee.  Eliana has worked on a host of issues that impact community college students throughout the state of Illinois, namely financial assistance for undocumented students and affordable text books.  She has also been active in incorporating the Respect Campaign at Harold Washington College and has teamed up with clubs such as the Inspired Creative Expression Performing Arts Club to represent the student body through a weekly "Open Mic".  Eliana plans to transfer to DePaul University and major in International Relations with an emphasis in Peace & Conflict Studies and Education Policy.