News from President Toni Preckwinkle

Meet Doris Salomon, Our New Director of External Affairs

Doris-Salomon-Director-of-External-AffairsDoris Salomon has more than twenty years of experience with various corporate and non-profit organizations, with a focus on the Latino community. Doris began her career working with Maldef, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. As Director of Leadership Development, she implemented the “Chicago leadership Development Program” for Latino professionals interested in Latino public policy issues.

Doris later joined the Donors Forum in Chicago, where she was the first employee in the history of the organization to be appointed vice president. Throughout her tenure Doris worked closely with corporations, foundations, and grant-owners to invest their philanthropic dollars in the Chicagoland area more efficiently.

After a number of years at Donors Forum, Doris joined BP Global, where she worked as the Community Affairs Director. Her responsibilities included developing BP’s signature community investment program that focused on getting more African Americans and Latinos engaged in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology.

Doris next worked for Access Community Health as the Director of Community Engagement. She promoted preventative care to under-served communities through communications with government officials and hospitals, with a goal of helping patients gain access to resources vital to helping them live healthy and successful lives.

Doris is well-known in the Latino community from her professional efforts as well as philanthropic commitments. She is currently involved in the Chicago Community Trust Nuestro Futuro initiative, which provides grants for early childhood education and capacity building grants for Latino non-profit organizations. Doris also plays a key role on the Board for Urban Gateways, which provides education in the arts to inner city youth.  She is a member of the selection committee for the Latino Leadership Academy; participates on the steering committee for the Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities; and sits on the Emeritus Board of Mujeres Latinas En Accion, Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy and many more. Through her tireless work, Doris has earned honors including the Chicago United Ambassador Award and the Latino Community Individual Donor Award.

Most recently, Doris joined Cook County Board President Preckwinkle’s executive staff as the new Director of External Affairs.  She will be responsible for community engagement strategy to ensure that a variety of voices are heard throughout the county’s governing process.

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