Will Guzzardi lives in Logan Square, where he volunteers as a community organizer with numerous neighborhood groups. He spearheaded Logan Square United for Brentano, an organization that saved Brentano Math and Science Academy from closure through grassroots action. He also organized with CODE (Communities Organized for Democracy in Education) to fight for an elected school board in Chicago; in the November 2012 elections, Guzzardi worked with volunteers to get an elected school board referendum on the ballot in 40 precincts in our community. That advisory ballot measure passed with 87% approval in our area, after extensive organizing by Guzzardi and CODE.
Additionally, Will has dedicated himself to improving voter access in Chicago. As an advisory board member of Chicago Votes, a non-partisan voting rights organization, he helped lead the initiative to institute online voter registration in Illinois. After active lobbying and grassroots mobilization, Guzzardi and Chicago Votes got that initiative passed by the state legislature in the spring of 2013. It was signed into law by the Governor at the Logan Square Library, with Guzzardi and other Chicago Votes members present to celebrate the bill’s success. Registering to vote on the internet became a reality in Illinois in the summer of 2014.
In his professional life, Will has worked in communications at the University of Chicago and as a reporter at Huffington Post Chicago, where he did pioneering investigative reporting and shone a light on the often unseen and underappreciated work of nonprofit groups and community organizations across the city.
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Guzzardi attended Brown University, where he graduated with a degree in comparative literature, and has lived in Logan Square ever since. He is passionate about education, and has taught afterschool programs and tutored public school students for ten years.
Since joining the Illinois General Assembly in January of 2015, Will has introduced and sponsored legislation to reform the juvenile justice system, limit the burden of standardized testing on students, improve wages and conditions for Illinois workers, protect our state's environment, and strengthen LGBTQ rights. While in Springfield, he continues to fight for social and economic justice and expanding services to communities in need.