Celebrate Chicago's Latina Leaders During National Hispanic Heritage Month

September marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, and we think it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the Latina leaders who are making the greater Chicagoland area a better place.

These dynamic women are among a select group leading nonprofit organizations and government agencies. They possess the qualities of true leaders: confidence, determination, integrity and passion, and they are as committed to their heritage as they are to improving the lives of others. Join us in celebrating Chicago’s top Latina leaders in philanthropy and government.

Elizabeth Alvarez, Ph.D.

Chief of Schools, Chicago Public Schools

Elizabeth Alverez

The Chief of Schools implements the district vision and mission, supporting 24 school leaders as they serve district children in achieving growth and attainment as they prepare for college and career readiness.

Clarisol Duque

Chicago Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Chair of the Finance and Administrative Services Committee, Board of Trustees, City Colleges of Chicago

Clarisol Duque

The Chief of Staff serves the residents of Illinois on a wide range of federal issues including the environment, healthcare and immigration, to name a few.

City Colleges of Chicago provides access to educational ‎opportunities for Chicagoans through pathways to careers or advancement in higher education.

Ana Dutra

CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago

Ana Dutra

The Executives’ Club of Chicago was established 107 years ago as one of America’s top business forums where members engage with visionary business and government leaders from around the world, develop active professional relationships with peers and the larger business community, and learn how to strengthen their company’s influence and success in the dynamic world economy. Their mission is to connect and develop current and future leaders with a focus on innovation, technology, diversity and inclusion.

Sol Flores

Executive Director, La Casa Norte

Sol Flores

La Casa Norte serves youth and families confronting homelessness by providing access to stable housing and delivering comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

Maricela Garcia

CEO, Gads Hill Center

Maricela Garcia

Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has created opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement.

Alicia Gonzalez

Founding Executive Director, Chicago Run

Alicia Gonzalez

Chicago Run seeks to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging and sustainable youth running programs. Chicago Run currently serves more than 17,000 Chicago Public Schools students in 44 schools in 30 low-income neighborhoods across the city.

Iliana A. Mora

President and CEO, Women Employed

Iliana A. Mora

Women Employed’s mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic advancement. 

Michelle Morales

CEO, Mikva Challenge

Michelle Morales

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered and active citizens and community leaders by engaging youth in action civics — an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

Patricia Mota 

President and CEO, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

PatriciaMota

HACE looks to positively impact the American workplace by cultivating the pipeline of Latino talent and providing Latino professionals the insight, access and support to be successful in their careers.

Natalie C. Neris

Executive Director, Namaste Charter School

Natalie C. Neris

Namaste’s mission is to change the trajectory of students’ lives by implementing and sharing a groundbreaking approach to education that combines health and wellness with academic rigor in an environment that promotes social-emotional wellness.

Rebeca Nieves Huffman

Vice President & Executive Director, City Year Chicago

Rebeca Nieves-Huffman

Fueled by national service, City Year Chicago recruits, inspires and mobilizes emerging leaders as full-time tutors and mentors who empower at-risk Chicago Public Schools students to reach their highest potential.

Katya Nuques

Executive Director, Enlace Chicago

Katya Nuques

Enlace Chicago convenes, organizes and builds the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and barriers to economic and social access.

Mariana Osoria

Vice President of Centers, Family Focus, Inc.

Mariana Osoria_Director of Nuestra Familia

Family Focus promotes the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community.

Maria Pesqueira

President, Healthy Communities Foundation

Maria Pesqueira

Healthy Communities Foundation is a community-informed grant-making foundation that seeks to measurably improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in the Western Cook County area by promoting health equity, quality, and access for all.

Sylvia Puente

Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

Sylvia Puente

The Latino Policy Forum builds influence and leadership of the Latino community through collective action and transforming public policies that ensure the well-being of Latinos and society as a whole.

Celena Roldán

CEO, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois

Celena Roldán

 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is currently on the ground providing shelter, meals and other support to those displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you would like to help, make your donation dollars go further by donating through this site and Make It Better and an anonymous donor will each match your donation, tripling your impact.

Anel Ruiz

Director of Public Affairs, Chicago Department of Public Health

Anel Ruiz

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to make Chicago a safer and healthier place by teaming up with with community partners to promote health, prevent disease, reduce environmental hazards, and ensure access to healthcare for all Chicagoans. 

Alicia T. Vega

Executive Director, Changing Worlds

Alicia Vega

Changing Worlds exists to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.

Maria E. Wynne Lascarro

CEO, Leadership Greater Chicago

Maria Wynne Lascarro

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premier civic leadership development program that convenes, connects and mobilizes the region’s most promising leaders from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to create transformative civic impact across greater Chicago.

 

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