Mary Jo Noriega, Testing Coordinator

Mary Jo Noriega, Testing Coordinator

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Mary Jo Noriega is no stranger within the housing opportunity community, having spent thirteen years and counting as a fair housing testing coordinator.  Before joining Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights as their testing coordinator in 2016, Mary Jo worked for the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Clinic for almost five years as their Testing Coordinator/Investigator. Her responsibilities included coordinating the recruiting, training, and maintaining of their fair housing testing program. She also trained the clinic law students as testers, instructed them in coordinating a fair housing test, and worked with them to provide education and outreach to organizations and other community agencies about fair housing laws to promote the Clinics’ mission.  In 2001, Mary Jo joined Access Living where she began her career as a test coordinator.  Mary Jo joined the housing department to begin work in fair housing testing.  Her introduction into research testing began by training with the Urban Institute to set up the Disability Discrimination Study Research Project (DDS).  The responsibilities included establishing a pool of fifty-five testers and completing over 200 paired tests. The study results were documented and released in 2004.  She continued as a test coordinator in the Civil Rights Department of Access Living, specializing in disability testing.  Before 2001, Mary Jo worked for the School District 147 in Tinley Park as a teacher assistant for children with disabilities and helped to coordinate a birth-three intervention program for families at risk in the community.

You can contact Mary Jo at MNoriega@clccrul.org

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