The Prosecutor Bringing Transparency to Chicago's Justice System
State’s Attorney, Cook County, Ill.
She has worked with the public guardian’s office representing children in the foster care system and as the chief of staff for the Cook County Board president. She later served as an assistant state’s attorney for 12 years. In 2016, she challenged -- and beat -- the incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to become the first African-American to hold the position. As top prosecutor of the nation’s second-largest county, Foxx has worked to make her office more transparent and “more thoughtful about how we use the tool of prosecution,” she says.
She has also vacated dozens of wrongful convictions. “I’ve inherited a system that has been fraught with racism and sexism. It is systemic, which makes it more difficult to reform,” she says. “I don’t think there is a more noble pursuit than being an advocate for justice.”