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, the Latino Policy Forum, and Taller de Jose.
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.
E-mail Araceli: email@example.com
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 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, where she served as the first point of contact for LP’s clients.
Beginning in 2015, Andi was promoted to become an immigration caseworker to provide administrative support for accredited representatives while she trains to apply for her own accreditation. Prior to her work at LP, Andi was part of Pilsen’s Fiesta del Sol team.
E-mail Silvia: email@example.com
Silvia began working at LP as an immigration caseworker in February of 2015. Silvia supports LP’s accredited representatives by preparing preliminary case files and serving clients. Before joining LP, Silvia worked with the Mexican Consulate for six years and volunteered to assist immigrants and refugees with literacy and immigration issues.
Siliva holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from la Universidad del Valle in Mexico City and is pursuing a Masters degree in Latin-American Studies from la Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Argentina.
E-mail Olga: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having been introduced to the organization as a client, Olga joined the Latinos Progresando staff as an Immigration Caseworker in July 2015. As an immigration caseworker, Olga prepares case files and provides LP’s accredited representatives with administrative support.
Before joining LP’s team, Olga was a homemaker and volunteered at her child’s school. She holds a certification in Social Work from CETIS No. 51, an institution of the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico.
E-mail Wendy: email@example.com
Wendy joined the staff of LP in February 2015, having first visited the organization as a client. As the Receptionist, Wendy serves as the first point of contact for LP’s clients and provides administrative support to the Legal Services team.
Prior to joining LP, Wendy worked at United Auto Insurance as a Sales Representative, obtaining her Casualty and Property License in 2012. Her previous work experience also includes customer service, managing Cherubs Cafe for a year and a half, and mentoring at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA). Wendy graduated from Roberto Clemente High School in 2007 and obtained her Internet Computer Core Certification (IC3) in 2008.
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 Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexander started as a volunteer for LP in July and was later hired as an immigration caseworker. In his current role as Donor Relations Assistant, Alexander manages the organization’s donor database, ensures prompt acknowledgment of all donations, and provides event support to the Director of Development.
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.
Accounting and Administrative Support
E-mail Mary Carmen: email@example.com
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.
E-mail Gladiz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gladiz first started volunteering with LP and Teatro Americano when she was 16, and later returned to the organization to apply for her residency. In the summer of 2014, Gladiz resumed volunteering for LP, and in October, was offered an internship in Development.
In her current role as the Executive Assistant, Gladiz specializes in office administration and administrative support for the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. She graduated from the Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy and and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.