Maurice A. West II moved to Rockford when he was five years old. He is a product of the Rockford Public School system graduating from Jefferson High School in 2003. Maurice also completed his undergraduate degree at Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL) and received a Master's degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is now working for Rockford University as the Director of Career Services and as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. He worked for Rock Valley College's Dislocated Workers Program as a Career Counselor from 2010 - 2013.
Maurice is heavily involved in the community. He's the founder of the Share the Warmth drive in Rockford. He is the Scholarship Chairman for the Rockford Association for Minority Management (RAMM), community member for the Education Committee for the Rockford Public School Board and serves on the boards for the Community Action Agency, Rockford Area Arts Council and the Rockford Park District Foundation.