Margaret Decker
Policy Advisor, City of Chicago - Office of the Mayor
Margaret Decker is a Policy Advisor for the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, where she works on the development and implementation of the City's violence reduction strategy. She is passionate about racial justice and believes in the power of local government to build equitable communities. In her role, she works on designing and coordinating funding opportunities for community-based violence prevention efforts, reforming juvenile diversion in Chicago, and development of community-driven programming to create safe public spaces. Margaret previously served as a Mayoral Fellow with the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office, contributing to projects related to public safety, affordable housing, and public health. Margaret transitioned to the public sector from the private sector, where she worked as an Operations Analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Margaret earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, Margaret volunteers with the Chicago Community Bond Fund on post-release support efforts and with One Million Degrees as a scholar coach. She lives in Uptown with her partner Michael and their dog Appa. She enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and working out.