Our Staff

Meet our Executive Council

Mecole Jordan
Executive Director

Mecole Jordan graduated from Western Illinois University with a BA in Organizational Communication and Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Management at Capella University. She began her non-profit career volunteering for Target Area Development in 2006 with the SMART Act campaign to reduce the criminalization of individuals with drug addictions. While at Target Area Development, she provided direct oversight for IDOC funded reentry program that provides comprehensive wraparound support for formerly incarcerated individuals and violence prevention initiatives such as Ceasefire Auburn Gresham. Mecole assisted with grant writing, website design and development, building organizational structure, developing and executing the new hire orientation and training.  Finally, helped build a statewide education coaliton: Statewide Action and Grassroots Education Initiative (SAGE), providing organizing and leadership development training, building relationships, and engaging parents in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Rockford, Decatur, Springfield, and Bloomington, Illinois for education reform.

Mecole become a UCCRO leader in 2010 as a member the advocacy team and trainer for our Racial Equity Curriculum. She aided in the development and execution of UCCRO conventions and annual planning retreats. In 2013, Mecole worked part-time with UCCRO as the coordinator of the Chicago Equal Voice Membership Campaign. In  2016, Mecole transitioned to full time with UCCRO as the Director of Organizing and later as the Coordinator for the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA). Mecole accepted the position of Executive Director for UCCRO February 2018.

Sarah Yousuf
Policy Associate

Sarah is the Policy Associate for United Congress.  Prior to working for UCCRO, she worked as the Violence Prevention Coordinator at Enlace Chicago, located in Little Village. As the Violence Prevention Coordinator, Sarah convened the Violence Prevention Collaborative, which consisted of various stakeholders, including representatives from community-based organizations, local churches, the Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Public Schools.  Together, the collaborative addressed issues of gang violence within the community by organizing rallies, hosting community peace circles, and participating in education campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the resources available to community residents. Sarah has an intimate knowledge of the workings of the criminal justice system, as she has worked as a public defender for the Office of the Cook County Public Defender.  While there, she represented parents whose children were taken away due to allegations of child abuse and neglect.  She has also worked at the California Innocence Project, where she investigated claims of innocence submitted by incarcerated individuals within California.  Sarah received her J.D. from California Western School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Rev. Robin Hood
Faith Based Organizer

Reverend Robin Hood is the pastor of Redeemed Outreach Ministries in Chicago’s North Lawndale community. Rev. Hood’s work can be seen in many communities around the city of Chicago, in organizing and successfully bringing anti-violence innovation, housing and education solutions and jobs. Rev. Hood has been featured in many media outlets for his work, and in several documentaries: Last Chance High, (Vice News) The Fight For Chicago (Al-Jazeera, America Now) Voices Against Violence, (NBC Dateline) which have won the prestigious 2015 Peabody and 2015 Chism Awards. Rev. Hood is the founder of Illinois Anti-Foreclosure Coalition, that helped stopped reverse mortgage fraud and won 2.7 million in restitution for seniors and family members. Rev. Hood has trained and instructed on community organizing, activism, and grassroots campaigns in many colleges and universities across the country. Reverend Hood has successfully organized communities, churches and politicians on issues such as: living wages, hospital accountability, and health care for the past 20 years. He was a founding member of Mother’s Opposed To Violence Everywhere, North Lawndale Boxing League and Brothers and Sisters of the formerly incarcerated. Reverend Hood lead the effort in forcing the first city hearing on police shootings and homicides, and was a strong voice in the fight for higher wages for Big Box store workers. UCCRO is very excited to welcome him to our staff.

Erik Martinez
Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) Coordinator

Erik is United Congress’ newest Organizer. He is a lifelong Chicagoan with a passion for family, social justice, and equitable community development. Erik’s family arrived to Chicago in the 80s, leaving Mexico in search of access to greater opportunity. In 2012, Erik began his organizing career as an intern for Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation based in the Humboldt Park Neighborhood, through the Midwest Academy. That year, Erik also spent a semester with the Border Studies program in Arizona, where he studied the effects of immigration on the global and local economies of the US and Latin America. After undergrad, Erik played an instrumental role in various progressive campaigns, including the Fair Tax and Raise the Wage campaigns. In 2014, he worked for the United Working Families and served as Field Director for Susan Sadlowski Garza’s campaign for 10th Ward Alderman. In 2015, Erik worked as an Organizer for SEIU Healthcare, before becoming Deputy Field Director for the campaign to elect Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney. Most recently, Erik served as Director of Outreach for Chicago’s Office of the City Treasurer. Erik received his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative American Studies with a concentration on Globalization, Transnationalism, and Nation from Oberlin College.