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Avis LaVelle

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Orange Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/5/1954
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Orange Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/5/1954
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Avis LaVelle was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5, 1954. After graduating from Englewood High School, LaVelle attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she first started out majoring in physical education, but later changed her major to broadcasting. LaVelle later earned her master’s degree in business administration from the Keller School of Management at DeVry University.

After graduating from the University of Illinois, LaVelle worked at a radio station in Springfield, Illinois. Moving to Chicago, LaVelle continued her climb in the communications world, and by the early 1990s, she was serving as press secretary to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. In 1992, LaVelle was picked by Bill Clinton to serve as his National Press Secretary during his campaign for president. Returning to Chicago after Clinton's presidency, LaVelle held a number of positions both in the government and the private sector. LaVelle served as the vice president of government and public affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals; senior policy advisor for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich; and vice president of communications for Waste Management.

In 1997, LaVelle was appointed by Mayor Daley to the School Reform Board of Trustees, and in 1999, she served as his campaign manager while he successfully ran for reelection. LaVelle retired from the School Reform Board in 2003, and went on to serve on the board of the Chicago Cable Commission, and as a private consultant with her company, A. LaVelle Consulting Services LLC. In 2004 LaVelle was hired by the John Kerry-John Edwards 2004 presidential ticket to serve as Illinois campaign manager.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Avis LaVelle's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle talks about her maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle talks about her maternal family moving to Chicago and the change in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle describes her mother and childhood visits to the library in the summertime
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about her mother's childhood and how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle talks about her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Avis LaVelle describes her father and her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Avis LaVelle describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Englewood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle describes the house she grew up in and how her mother and stepfather met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle talks about the impact of her father's alcoholism on her home life growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle talks about her childhood church, Christ Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle recalls her family's love of music growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about her work as a disc jockey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle talks about the many schools she attended in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Avis LaVelle talks about her teachers at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Avis LaVelle talks about studying African dance under HistoryMaker Darlene Blackburn
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle talks about her identity as an African American in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle reflects upon the life lessons she learned at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle talks about reading and watching TV growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle describes attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle remembers her lack of guidance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about looking for a broadcasting job in Dayton, Ohio, working in radio in Springfield, Illinois and being burglarized
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle reflects upon the growing experience of being burglarized
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Avis LaVelle's interview, session two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle explains her decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle talks about changing her major to radio and television broadcasting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle talks about her classes and sorority at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle talks about her desire to become a radio disc jockey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle describes teaching after college and the political atmosphere at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about living in Dayton, Ohio and getting a job as a radio disc jockey in Springfield, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle describes being burglarized
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Avis LaVelle describes working at NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle describes her early career in radio as a news reporter, first in Gary, Indiana then Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle talks about working for WGN AM radio station in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle talks about the major news stories she covered as a radio news reported for WGN AM in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle describes the meeting she had with Richard M. Daley before becoming his press secretary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle talks about public opinion of Richard M. Daley in the late 1980s in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about the conflict between HistoryMaker Eugene Sawyer and Timothy C. Evans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle talks about former Chicago, Illinois Mayor Richard M. Daley's first administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Avis LaVelle talks about the Council Wars in Chicago, Illinois during the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle talks about working in the Richard M. Daley administration in 1989
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle explains how the Chicago City Council operates
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle comments on Mayor Richard M. Daley's control of the media and explains the difference between being a reporter and press secretary
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle describes her work as press secretary for former Chicago, Illinois Mayor Richard M. Daley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle talks about being recruited to work on President Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and her impression of meeting the Clintons
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about the presidential race between Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle talks about President Bill Clinton's transition into the White House
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Avis LaVelle's interview, session three
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle describes her duties as part of President Bill Clinton's transition team in 1992
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle talks about the organization of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle describes the big issues in healthcare in the U.S. during the first Clinton Administration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle talks about her role as assistant secretary for public affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle describes her work on immunization outreach with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about moving back to Chicago, Illinois during the 1995 heat wave
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle describes working for Waste Management, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Avis LaVelle describes working at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois and her mother's battle with cancer
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Avis LaVelle talks about serving on the School Reform Board of Trustees in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Avis LaVelle talks about HistoryMaker The Honorable Bobby Rush's campaign for mayor of Chicago, Illinois against incumbent Richard M. Daley in 1999
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Avis LaVelle talks about former Chicago, Illinois Mayor Richard M. Daley's previous mayoral competitors
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Avis LaVelle describes losing her job at Foster Group, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois and becoming Illinois campaign manager for John Kerry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Avis LaVelle describes working on John Kerry's Illinois presidential campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Avis LaVelle reflects upon John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Avis LaVelle talks about HistoryMaker President Barack Obama's first presidential campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Avis LaVelle shares her opinion of HistoryMaker President Barack Obama's administration
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Avis LaVelle talks about A. LaVelle Consulting Services in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Avis LaVelle describes her hope for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Avis LaVelle reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Avis LaVelle talks about her parents' opinion of her success and how she met her husband
  • Tape: 8 Story: 13 - Avis LaVelle reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 14 - Avis LaVelle describes how she would like to be remembered