Josina Morita for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Josina Morita is running for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) because, as an urban planner, she understands that issues of water management, infrastructure and accessibility are crucial issues for the region. Unlike oil, there is no substitute for fresh water. We must manage this precious resource well for this generation, and the next.
Josina is the Director of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, a multiethnic alliance of community organizations working together across 30 communities in Cook County. She serves on the State of Illinois’ Racial Profiling and Data Oversight Board, the Asian American Employment Plan Council, and the City of Chicago’s Commission on Equity. She sits on the boards of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago.
In 2007, Josina was named one of Chicago's "35 Under 35" fighting racism and poverty by the Community Renewal Society. In 2012, she was elected as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. The same year, she was selected as a Jim Edgar Fellow and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. In 2013, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform and the Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women. Josina’s human rights and social justice work has been recognized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Japanese American Citizens League.
Josina holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology and International Race Relations from Pitzer College.