Danielle is a social change artist dedicated to confronting the roots of poverty and violence. Danielle currently serves as Cunningham Township Supervisor, a public aid office that supports and advocates for low-income residents in Urbana. From 2014-2016 she served as Organizing Director at the Center for Media Justice, where she coordinated a national network of racial justice leaders to win political campaigns for net neutrality, prison phone justice, and broadband expansion for low-income families. In 2010, she managed the national campaign that won passage of the Local Community Radio Act. She managed the campaign for Carol Ammons for State Representative, the first African American to serve in the Illinois 103rd district; and co-managed the campaign for Laurel Prussing, the first woman to serve as Mayor of Urbana. From 2001-2008, she served on Urbana's City Council, spearheading the creation of the public arts program, living wage ordinance, and civilian review board of police. Danielle co-founded the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, which has sponsored over 60 media justice projects internationally. From 2000-2014 she was Vice-President and partner of Pixo, a technology company in Urbana. She has presented on media and social change in Thailand, Burma, Italy, and Kenya, and as an Evans Scholar at Evergreen State College. She was awarded Woman of the Year in 2011 by Central Illinois Business Magazine.
Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Chicago, Illinois, Giraldo Rosales has had the life-long drive to advocate for social justice and equity for all.
Giraldo's journey has lead him from a non-English speaking refugee, to an up and coming reformist whose has worked as a bilingual coordinator, teaching Bilingual education and ESL in some of the Chicago’s most underserved school districts.
Giraldo accepted a position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held tenure as the Director, of La Casa Cultural Latina (UIUC's Latino cultural center) for many years, until his promotion to the Office of the Dean of Students as an Assistant Dean of Students.
Rosales has spent his entire professional career giving back to those who walk in the shadows of America's dreams.
Never tiring of new challenges and changes, Giraldo divides his entire energies between his family, philanthropic work and services to the community he resides.
Serving on numerous boards and commissions in the City of Champaign, Rosales has served as an "At-Large City Council Member", the first Hispanic to be elected in the history of City of Champaign. He also serves on the Champaign-Urbana Joint Cable and Telecommunications Commission and is a current Champaign County Board member, District 8.
He is devoted and committed to the principles of social justice, humanitarianism and stands behind the Rotary motto of "Service above self".
Recently retired, as Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Equity and Access, Office of the Chancellor was responsible for improving the campus climate for women, and underserved faculty, staff and students by developing and implementing programs that address diverse communities, women's issues and gender-related concerns.
I grew up in Aurora, IL and after graduating high school decided I wanted a career in public safety. I entered Emergency Medical Technician school and after completion started working for an ambulance company in Morris, Illinois. Realizing I enjoyed the medical field as well as the challenges, I attended Paramedic school at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva. After completing the course as well as clinicals, I was hired as a paramedic for the Morris Fire Protection District in Morris, Illinois. I worked two years as a paramedic and was hired by Champaign Fire Department in July of 1997. At CFD, I have progressed through the ranks and am currently a Captain. I have been active on numerous committees at the fire department as well as with Champaign Firefighters Local 1260, the labor organization that represents Champaign Firefighters. I recently completed the A.A.S-Paramedicine program at Parkland College.
I am active in many community organizations including mentoring, coaching, as well as St. Matthew's Catholic Church. My wife Erin, a speech pathologist on the Champaign Unit 4 autism team, and I were married in 2003. We have two children, Patrick and Ruari, who both attend St. Matthew's in Champaign. We enjoy children's activities, traveling, as well as working on projects around the house.