Ralph Cintrón, Ph.D., President

Ralph Cintrón, Ph.D., President Ralph Cintrón, Ph.D. is a joint Associate Professor in English and Latin American and Latino Studies at the Universtity of Illinois Chicago. His interests are in rhetorical studies, ethnography, urban theory, political economy, transnationalism, and immigration. Research wise, he has done fieldwork in specific Puerto Rican and Mexican neighborhoods in Chicago.…

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Emily Tapia-Lopez, Vice President

Emily Tapia-Lopez,  Vice President Emily Tapia-Lopez is a Vice President at Resolute Consulting – an award-winning national strategic communications and public affairs firm. Ms. Tapia-Lopez has diverse experience in urban planning, community development and transportation in the public-, private-, and not-for-profit sectors and manages Resolute’s Infrastructure practice. Ms. Tapia-Lopez develops strategic communication tools that help…

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Trevor Tejeda-Gervais, Secretary

Trevor Tejeda-Gervais, Secretary Trevor has almost a decade of experience organizing movements, driving electoral campaigns, developing and executing communication strategies, and directly lobbying legislators. He has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Arizona, in Political Science and Latin American Studies. Trevor began his political career in Arizona, where he successfully organized his public school…

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Jonathan Casiano, Treasurer

Jonathan Casiano, Treasurer Jonathan Casiano is Senior Vice President of Public Finance at PNC Bank where he manages PNC’s government client relationships in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. Directly responsible for the allocation of credit and development of broad, multi-faceted relationships, Jonathan is a relationship banker dedicated to helping government and non-profit entities access capital, manage…

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Muhammad Gigani, Director

Muhammad Gigani, Director Muhammad is partner at Deloitte Tax with over 15 years focused on the taxation of closely-held operating businesses in corporate and flow-through solution (and their owners), global businesses, and family offices. Muhammad serves as a Chicago office leader in the Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services, where he drives Deloitte’s efforts in the middle-market…

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Misuzu Schexnider, Director

Misuzu Schexnider, Director Misuzu Schexnider is a Poverty Lab Research Manager at the University of Chicago Urban Labs working on a portfolio of projects related to opportunity youth. Misuzu was formerly an associate program officer at Generation All, an initiative of the Chicago Community Trust that seeks to revitalize neighborhood public high schools. Prior to that…

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Mariana Osoria, Director

Mariana Osoria, Director   Mariana Osoria has been a national trainer and facilitator for the past seventeen years. She has worked in the field of social service for the past twenty five. Mariana received a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Ms. Osoria has had extensive experience working in…

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