E-mail Luis: email@example.com
Luis founded Latinos Progresando in 1998 to serve Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village communities, where he was born and raised and continues to live today. Beginning in a small office on 18th Street, with just $200 in the bank, Luis has built a now 17-year-old organization that has served more than 25,000 families.
Luis was also responsible for founding the Marshall Square Resource Network (MSRN), a coalition of 20 organizations on Chicago’s southwest side that meets monthly for capacity building and developing collective impact strategies.
In addition to serving on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Advisory Committee to the Office of New Americans, Luis also participated in the Donors Forum’s “Communities of Practice,” a year-long program bringing together leaders from both the nonprofit and funding communities to discuss true costs of running nonprofit organizations. Luis currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Illinois, and the Latino Policy Forum.
Immigration Legal Services
Director of Legal Services
E-mail Marcy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcy joined Latinos Progresando in 2006, bringing 15 years of management experience, through which she specialized in customer service training and management. In addition to managing a staff of 7 and the day-to-day operations of the Legal Services Program—the largest Latino-led in the state of Illinois—Marcy is also responsible for conducting community outreach, often holding workshops and educational presentations in schools, churches and other organizations, and training other legal services caseworkers for accreditation.
Marcy provides operations-focused technical assistance to emerging and expanding legal services programs, and also served on the committee responsible for developing the Spanish version of Illinois Legal Aid Online. In 2012, Marcy was honored for her work in Community Service through La Raza Newspaper’s Mujeres Destacadas awards, and in 2015 received an Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women. Marcy is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Senior Accredited Representative
E-mail Cristy: email@example.com
Cristy first visited LP in 2007 as a client, and one year later, joined LP’s staff as a part-time receptionist. She later became an immigration caseworker, and in 2011, received accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
As LP’s Senior Accredited Representative, Cristy specializes in helping clients receive green cards, work permits, residency, and other status adjustments. Cristy holds a paralegal certificate from Robert Morris University.
E-mail Araceli: firstname.lastname@example.org
Araceli came to LP in 2009 with her mother, who was filing for her residence card. In July of 2010, she began working as LP’s receptionist. In October 2012, she became an immigration caseworker, and in January 2015 earned accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Araceli graduated from World Language High School in 2010 and worked through Youth Ready Chicago and Fiesta del Sol prior to coming to her work at Latinos Progresando.
E-mail Abril: email@example.com
Abril started working for LP in May of 2013 to help manage the increased demand due to DACA by assisting the other BIA-accredited representatives with their casework. In January 2015, Abril earned accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals, and now will have a caseload of her own.
Before working at LP, Abril worked for Loyola University Hospital’s Department of Homecare and Hospice, where she assisted doctors and nurses with medical files. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and will be pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree.
E-mail Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander started as a volunteer for LP in July and was later hired as an immigration caseworker. He helps prepare files, answers calls, and assists the accredited representatives in serving clients.
Prior to working at LP, Alexander worked at a doctor’s office, where he prepared files and provided other administrative support. Alexander graduated from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy.
E-mail Mary Lou: email@example.com
Mary Lou began working at LP in October 2014, providing assistance on cases involving victims of domestic violence and violent crimes to pursue lawful immigration status through the U-visa and VAWA provisions.
Previously, she worked as an Occupancy Specialist and First-Time Homebuyer Financial Counselor at The Resurrection Project and as a North American Language and Cultural Assistant in two public schools in Mérida, Spain. Mary Lou graduated from Knox College and is in her first year at DePaul University College of Law.
E-mail Andi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andi participated in a youth program that led her to LP in 2010, after which she worked as a legal services intern.
In 2011, she was hired as full-time Receptionist, and in her current capacity, Andi serves as the first point of contact for LP’s clients and provides administrative support to the Legal Services team.
Before working for LP, Andi served on the team for Pilsen’s annual Fiesta del Sol.
Community Programs Coordinator
E-mail Dolores: email@example.com
Dolores Hernandez started working for LP in October 2014 after volunteering for a short time. She connects programs offered by organizations in the community to the schools and families who need them and is part of the artistic committee that oversees Teatro Americano.
Prior to her work at LP, Dolores worked as a supervisor for an after school program. She has worked as a construction hand and as Stage Manager for the University Theatre in Dallas, TX. Dolores studied theatre at the University of Dallas and at Northwest Vista College.
Lead Teaching Artist
E-mail Luis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luis came to LP in May of 2012. He has more than 10 years of experience as an arts educator in community-based and professional settings, in addition to his own work in theater and music.
Luis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from Columbia College, and is charged with the artistic direction of Teatro Americano.
Luis has performed in various theaters around Chicago, including The Artistic Home, Prop Theater, and Collaboraction Theater. He is also the vocalist for the indie rock band Kelroy.
Development & Communications
Director of Development
E-mail Adrienne: email@example.com
Adrienne joined the staff of Latinos Progresando as the Director of Development in 2011, overseeing the organization’s fundraising and communications efforts. Under Adrienne’s direction, the organization’s operating budget has grown by 100% over the past three years.
Prior to her work at LP, Adrienne worked for three years as the Assistant Director of Development & Communications for Erie Neighborhood House/Erie Elementary Charter School, and for one year as the Development Assistant at Smart Love Family Services (Chicago). Adrienne holds a bachelors degree from DePaul University, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University.
E-mail Edgar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Edgar began volunteering for LP in 2009, offering pro bono graphic design work. He then transitioned to the head graphic designer role and helped organize the annual Holiday Party fundraiser, all as a volunteer.
In 2010, Edgar became LP’s Marketing Director. Edgar was appointed to establish and build a marketing department that can work with Latinos Progresando’s directors to develop strategies and initiatives to reach the maximum amount of individuals who can benefit from and support our services.
Before joining LP, Edgar worked as freelance graphic designer, a sales associate for a large clothing retailer, and co-founded B Natural Records. Edgar is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at National Louis University and expects to graduate in the fall of 2015.
E-mail Connie: email@example.com
Connie started working full-time in June 2014. She first started working with LP as the Marshall Square Resource Network Intern in October 2013. As Development Associate, she assists with grants and database management and provides administrative support to the Director of Development.
Prior to working at LP, Connie interned for a radio station and volunteered as a citizenship class teacher in San Jose. Connie graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Human Rights in 2014.
E-mail Gladiz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladiz first started volunteering with LP and Teatro Americano when she was 16. She returned to LP to apply for her residency. In the summer of 2014, Gladiz started volunteering for LP again, and in October she was offered the Development Internship.
As the Development Intern, Gladiz specializes in event administration, office administration, and administrative support for the Board of Directors. She graduated from the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy and and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She hopes to one day be part of the Chicago Police Department as a Forensic Technician.
E-mail Gloria: email@example.com
Gloria first visited LP with a University of Chicago student group, Chicago Bound, in September 2014.
In November of 2014, Gloria was hired as LP’s Communications Intern and works with the Director of Development and Marketing Director to help generate content for newsletters, social media, and media outlets, and also creates guiding procedural documents for the organization. Gloria is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy at the University of Chicago and expects to graduate in 2018.
Accounting and Internal Controls
E-mail Mary Carmen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Carmen first came to LP as a client filing for residency as a newlywed, and was hired in April 1998.
At LP, Mary Carmen leads the Accounting and Internal Controls department, where she manages the organization’s payroll, tax, and supplies needs. Mary Carmen earned her Public Accountant title from la Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico.