Jennifer O. Maddox was born in Chicago and raised on the South Side. Jennifer graduated from Corliss High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois, Circle Campus. She earned her M.B.A. from St. Xavier University, and Jennifer is currently enrolled at Lewis University pursuing an ED.D in education focused on early childhood development. Jennifer is an alumna fellow with the University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy and the Erikson Institute Early Childhood Leadership Academy. For the past 22 years, Jennifer has served with the Chicago Police Department. She is currently working in the CPD’s Office of Community Affairs where she fights to educate, protect and serve Chicago’s communities.
Jennifer is a mother of two African American males and a new grandmother to a beautiful grandson, Caden. Jennifer knows the struggle that single parents face, trying to protect and parent their children. This is why she strives to make our communities a better and safer place to live.
“Jennifer knows the struggle that single parents face, trying to protect and parent their children. This is why she strives to make our communities a better and safer place to live”
As a result of this passionate conviction, she founded a 501(c)(3) organization in 2011 called Future Ties, which provides afterschool and summer programs to increase the academic achievement of the youth who attend. Future Ties also works to equip parents, youth, and teens of the Woodlawn community, primarily residents of Parkway Gardens Apartments, with the workforce development skills needed to be competitive in the workforce. Future Ties is a safe place where the residents of Parkway Gardens can come and experience love, support, and protection from the violence they face daily.
Jennifer has received much recognition for her work in the community, including being selected as one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes for 2017 and one of Chicago’s 20 most inspiring Chicagoans of 2018. She has also been acknowledged as “someone you should know” by ABC 7, and she has received a Humanitarian honor from the Anti-Defamation League. She was also recognized as a 2018 Women of Worth by L’Oréal.
Jennifer has been featured on many media outlets, including: WBEZ, WVON, IHeart, Windy City Live, The Today’s Show, The JAM, Steve Harvey Show, and CBS amongst many others. Jennifer was featured in the May issues of Good Housekeeping as a Super Mom.