Brittain Ayres

Illinois Action for Children

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Illinois Action for Children


Brittain Ayres (she/her) is a research and planning professional who has worked in the public sector in a variety of human services issues. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee where she got her start in community organizing and systems work as a youth mobilizer working on educational equity initiatives.

Brittain moved to Austin, Texas after college where she worked in nonprofit organizations, policy research, and community planning efforts at the state and local level. While in Austin, Brittain earned her Masters of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and worked in a collective impact collaborative focused on streamlining and improving services for opportunity youth. Brittain went on to do planning and data and policy research for the county government, focusing on a range of health and human service issues, including early childhood education, workforce development and disability services systems.

After relocating to Chicago, Brittain worked at IFF as a Research and Evaluation Manager where she supported communities across the Midwest with data and research to support strategic and systems planning in early child care and education and community development. Brittain is excited to use her passion for data and planning to support communities and local stakeholders with capacity-building and systems-planning to be prepared for competing for early child care and education funding and expand services.

Brittain lives in the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago with her husband and two dogs.