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    Jackie Kaplan-Perkins

    Midwest Director, Human Rights Watch

    Jackie Kaplan-Perkins has been a leader in Chicago’s non-profit, philanthropic and political communities for nearly three decades. Jackie has held positions at the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Shriver Center for Poverty Law, and most recently as Midwest Director for Human Rights Watch. In service of the community, Jackie has served as co-chair for (then) Senator Barack Obama's LGBT Outreach Committee as well as on the board of directors of numerous organizations including Community Media Workshop, Horizon Community Center (now the Center on Halsted), The Chicago Reporter, and The Peace Museum.

    A lifelong Chicagoan and the daughter of immigrants, Jackie grew up on the north side in the late 70s where she spent her time watching the Cubs, listening to Styx, reading socialist Cuban newspapers with her father, and pitching pennies in the basement of Congregation Ezra Israel.

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