DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
Cristina Villarreal is a leader in communications and government affairs with over 10 years of experience. She is a strategic thinker, a creative problem solver and a big picture visionary. Whether it is a client or her team, she is always ready to support their strategic communication needs.
Prior to joining the team at Morreale, Cristina served as a Director of Public Affairs for the City of Chicago in the Department of Public Health and most recently in the Department of Family and Support Services. She managed external and internal communications, as well as developed long-term strategic communication plans. Cristina rebranded the Department of Family and Support Services and created marketing campaigns. She led her team through various communications crises and made communications, policy, and operational decisions. She also assisted in managing the Mayor’s Office Spanish language press.
Cristina led the communications, government relations, and community outreach team at the Cook County Assessor’s Office. Before joining local government, Cristina assisted the Obama Presidential campaign with Latino vote efforts and worked on various campaigns at the Federal, State, and local level.
As the first person in her family to attend college, Cristina has always felt a strong commitment to community engagement. She has served as President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women and currently sits on the Mental Health America of Illinois Board. Recently, Cristina graduated, as part of the inaugural class, from the Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation Leadership Academy.
Cristina holds a J.D. from DePaul College of Law and a B.A. in International Government Relations from American University in Washington DC.