Rev. Ciera Bates-Chamberlain is committed to the fight for social and economic justice by strengthening communities through radical theology. As the Executive Director of Live Free Chicago-Live Free Illinois, Rev. Ciera is working with black churches to create safe, economically viable, and self-sustained black communities. Ciera received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lamar University, and a master’s in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently studying at McCormick Theological Seminary for a master’s in theological studies. Rev. Ciera is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, a mental health professional, and a strategy consultant. Rev. Ciera is also a member of the Council on Criminal Justice, a JLUSA Fellow, and a 2022 candidate for Leadership Greatership Chicago. In addition to her commitment to racial justice, Ciera is a proud wife and mother of three daughters and a blended family of 8.