Tonantzin Carmona begins her talk by sharing that checking a box on a form when she was 13 years old changed the course of her life. What followed that decision, and the influence of so many―her family, her community, her city, and her generation―have given her a sense of purpose, she shares, to “create a world that allows others to live up to their full potential.”
Using her personal story, Tonantzin highlights the narrative of the inter-generational experience of Mexicans in the United States―although Mexicans have come a long way, she challenges that Latinas are severely underrepresented in political office, that not enough Mexicans are represented in the board room, that the community as a whole does not talk enough about wealth creation, that there still is no comprehensive immigration reform, and that anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rhetoric dominates the news cycle. That’s why, she says, “we need more of us to stand up and more of us to say, ‘Hey, I can lead now, I don’t need to wait.”
Tonantzin Carmona Office of New Americans, Chicago Mayor’s Office
Named one of Chicago’s “20 in their 20’s” by Chicago CRAINS Business, Tonantzin is the Deputy Policy Director and Director of the Office of New Americans at the Chicago Mayor’s Office. The granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, and raised in Chicago’s Little Village, Tonanztin is a graduate of Northwestern University.
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