Assistant Secretary of Firearm Violence Prevention

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson, Assistant Secretary of Firearm Violence Prevention

Chicago Office

401 S Clinton St
7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 793-2352

Chris Patterson is the Assistant Secretary for the Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Firearm Violence Prevention. Before creating the OFVP, Chris was the Chief Program Officer at Friends of the Children-Chicago, an organization that provides children facing the greatest obstacles with paid, professional mentors for 12.5 years - no matter what. Prior to joining Friends of the Children, Chris was Senior Director of Programs and Policy for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.

Chris has been a thought partner and implementer to Chicago's largest violence intervention efforts, READI Chicago and Community Partnering 4 Peace. Chris also worked as a Community Organizer/CeaseFire Illinois Program Manager with ONE Northside then later as the Associate Director of Organizing for The Community Renewal Society.

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