About MICHELE HAYS
Michele Hays is an Evanston community advocate best known for founding Back on Their Feet, Evanston IL: a community working to connect underserved people with resources. In that capacity, she has done everything from crowdsourcing and emergency housing for homeless families, to helping social workers find a Farsi translator, or advocating for social services in the City of Evanston’s budget - whatever the community needs, she and her supporters work to find.
Michele’s talents lie in connecting the dots: she knows traditional solutions to problems, but also finds innovative work-arounds when those solutions aren’t enough. She has advocated in Evanston for over fifteen years, including working with Evanston Cradle to Career, serving on the boards of Puerta Abierta Preschool, Brummel Park Neighbors and the Bermuda Court Condo Association. She has been active in PTA leadership and is especially interested in advocating for special-needs students and their families. The Evanston Police Department has honored Michele for her work in neighborhood safety, and the Rogers Park Business Association recognized her Hands Across Howard Evanston/Chicago partnership initiative.
Michele is lucky to have the support of her family: her husband, Jason Hays, is an Evanston firefighter; her son, Scott Hays, is a tenacious ETHS senior. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where her mother, a professor at Xavier University, inspired Michele with stories of political action in her native country Argentina. Her father was a professor at Thomas More College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Science and two Associates degrees.
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Alderwoman Cicely Fleming
Evanston City Clerk Devon Reid
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updated 3/31/19, 8:00pm