Charity Tolliver

Movement Capacity Building Director

Charity Hope Tolliver, a gender-queer, Black mama from Chicago's southside, most recently served as manager for mental health advocacy at Broadway Youth Center in Chicago. Prior to their work at BYC Charity worked on a national campaign with Black on Both Sides to advance a national conversation around the foster care to prison pipeline.

Charity is the former director of organizing for one of the largest and oldest organizing groups in Chicago, Southwest Youth Collaborative where they were nurtured into organizing by some of the most passionate and sincere organizers in the country. In their almost two decades as an organizer, they have worked on campaigns on a broad range of issues, including fair housing, labor rights, school reform, prison abolition, foster care abolition and LGBTQ youth rights.

They are an Alston Bannerman Fellow and received a Soros Justice Fellowship in 2013 for their work on foster care abolition and criminalization of black motherhood. In addition to organizing Charity is mama to four amazing souls and two incredible pups.