Gina Watters

Program + Project Manager

About Gina

Hometown: Grand Haven, Michigan

Education: BA, Communications, Public Relations Specialization, Michigan State University

Hobbies: I do a lot of writing, including participating in the Chicago live lit scene. I have read my work in every possible venue from bookstores to tattoo parlors. I’m also a member of a trivia team that competes monthly – and sometimes even wins!

Who are you?

I’m the Program and Project Manager. I develop and manage our grants work plan, as well as support the development team on campaigns, events and other aspects of HSC’s fundraising initiatives. I also provide support to Rochelle and the Board of Directors.

What makes your job great?

I enjoy using my background in nonprofits and applying the skills I’ve honed to support HSC’s work to address wellness issues affecting primarily low-income students of color, here in our own Chicago communities and throughout the country.

When did you come to Healthy Schools Campaign?

I joined HSC in August 2015 after spending several years at a nonprofit that provided resources and opportunities for women, their families and communities in rural villages in Afghanistan. Although the focus of that organization was outside the U.S., the guiding principle is much the same regardless of where someone may live: that equitable access to resources is transformational. Meaningful progress in any community depends on first achieving fundamentals like nutritious food, clean water and a safe, healthy environment where children can learn and grow.

Where does your motivation come from?

I’m very motivated by the social justice focus of HSC’s work. It’s very rewarding to be part of an organization addressing issues related to racial and socioeconomic disparities. I grew up in a home and a community where access to healthy food and safe places for physical activity were plentiful. That foundation of health has benefited me as an adult in countless ways and will continue to benefit me my entire life. I believe that every child deserves that same foundation, and I’m motivated to help make that happen.