E-mail Luis: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 18-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: email@example.com
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: 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 Andi: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwendolyn joined the staff of LP in February 2015, having first visited the organization as a client. As the Receptionist, Gwendolyn serves as the first point of contact for LP’s clients and provides administrative support to the Legal Services team.
Prior to joining LP, Gwendolyn 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). Gwendolyn graduated from Roberto Clemente High School in 2007 and obtained her Internet Computer Core Certification (IC3) in 2008.
E-mail Armando: email@example.com
Development & Communications
Director of Development
E-mail maggie: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail Edgar: email@example.com
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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.