ConferenceHost Committees

We thank our Honorary Host Committee members and our Conference Host Committee members for their contributions and continued support for the creation of the 2023 UnidosUS Annual Conference.


Honorary Host Committee

Hon. Brandon Johnson
Mayor, City of Chicago

Hon. Felix Cardona
Alderman, 31st Ward

Hon. Peter Chico
Alderman, 10th Ward

Hon. Ruth Cruz
Alderwoman, 30th Ward

Ambassador Reyna Torres Mendivil
Consul General of Mexico in Chicago

Former Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Hon. Toni Preckwinkle
President, Cook County Board of Commissioners

Hon. Mike Rodriguez
Alderman, 22nd Ward

Hon. Byron Sigcho-Lopez
Alderman, 25th Ward

Hon. Gilbert Villegas
Alderman, 36th Ward

Conference Host Committee

Jennifer Aguilar Executive Director
Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Juan Andrade
US Hispanic Leadership Institute

Rosaura Arellano*
Interim Executive Director
El Hogar del Niño

Karina Ayala-Bermejo*
President and CEO
Instituto del Progreso Latino

Dr. Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA*
Executive Director Deloitte Center for Health
Solutions & Deloitte Health Equity Institute

Cristina De La Rosa*
Executive Director
Erie Neighborhood House

Jaime de Leon
UnidosUS Alumnus

Jaime Di Paulo President CEO
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce (IHCC)

Julie Dowling
Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies
University of Illinois Chicago

Ricardo Estrada
Metropolitan Family Services

Jason Estremera*
Executive Director
Northwest Side Community Development Corporation

Daniel Fulwiler*
President and CEO
Esperanza Health Centers

Daisi Funes*
Executive Director
Centro Romero

Guillermo Garcia
President & CEO
GSG Consultants

Maricela Garcia**
Gads Hill Center

Alejandra Garza
AGG Consulting, Inc

Juliana Gonzalez-Crussi*
Executive Director
Center for Changing Lives

Mary Smith
American Bar Association

Juan Soto
Executive Director
Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council

Linda Xóchitl Tortolero*
President and CEO
Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Homero Tristan
Tristan Cervantes

Roberto Valdez, Jr.
Midwest Director
Hispanic Federation Chicago Office

Carmen Velazquez
Retired, Alivio Medical Center

Claudia Zuno
Zuno Photographic

Miguel Zuno
Zuno Photographic


Patrick Brosnan*
Executive Director
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Olga Camargo
CEO and Founder
FARO Associates LLC

Roberto Carmona
President and CEO
Carmona Strategic Solutions

Lissette Castañeda*
Executive Director
Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA)

Gloria Castillo
Executive Director (Ret.)
We Rise Together for an Equitable and Just Recovery

Luis Gutierrez*
Founder and CEO
Latinos Progresando

Jaime Guzman
UnidosUS Alumnus

Juan Carlos Linares*
President and CEO
Association House

Daniel Loftus*
President and CEO

Joseph Lopez*
Executive Director/CEO
Spanish Coalition for Housing

Laura Lopez
Vice President, Community Manager
JP Morgan Chase and Co.

Megan McKenna-Mejia
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of Lake County

Constantina Mizis
President and CEO
Latino Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Alliance

Martin Montes
Barnes & Thornburg law firm

Carlos X. Montoya
Founder and Chairman
Tall Ship Resource Development LLC

Patricia Mota*
President and CEO

Cesar Nuñez*
Co-Executive Director
Enlace Chicago

Marty Castro*
President and CEO
Casa Central

Adela Cepeda
Angeles Investors

Stacey Chapa
Vice President, Sr. Operations Cash Management Leader
Wells Fargo

Julie Chavez
Senior Vice President, Community Relations
Bank of America

Esther Corpuz*
Alivio Medical Center

Alvaro Obregon
President & CEO
Chicago Mariachi Project

Dianha Ortega-Ehreth
Executive Director Centro de Información

Maria Pesqueira
Health Communities Foundation

Jose L. Prado

Sylvia Puente*
President and CEO
Latino Policy Forum

Raul Raymundo*
The Resurrection Project

Marcela Rodriguez*
Co-Executive Director
Enlace Chicago

Richard Rodriguez*
President and CEO
Acero Schools

James Rudyk**
Executive Director
North West Center Chicago

Jesse Ruiz
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
The Vistria Group

Andrea Saenz
Chicago Community Trust

Juan Salgado
City Colleges of Chicago

Celena Sarillo
CEO, Illinois Region
American Red Cross

* UnidosUS Board Member
* UnidosUS Affiliate