President Preckwinkle Announces the Cook County Latino Advisory Council

Cook County Board President Preckwinkle today announced the formation of a new Latino Advisory Council composed of a diverse group of leaders who will help the County develop a strategy to better engage, serve, and connect with the Latino community, which represents 24% of the total population in Cook County.

The Latino Advisory Council held its first meeting on Friday, June 13 to brief President Preckwinkle and key members of her administration on issues that matter to the constituencies represented by the Council members. The council will serve as policy advisors to the President, with special emphasis on advancing equitable access, representation, and participation by the Latino community in government services. Specific areas of focus include increasing access to health care and language services as well as working to decrease the number of justice-involved Latino youth.

“Cook County’s greatest asset is our diverse and engaged communities,” President Preckwinkle said. “I am extremely grateful to the distinguished members of the Latino Advisory Council who are volunteering their time and energy to make sure that Cook County government addresses the needs of all of our residents.”

The appointees to the Latino Advisory Council are:


  • Juan Carlos Avila, Managing Partner, Toroso Investments

  • Craig Chico, President & CEO, Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

  • Esther Corpuz, Executive Director, Alivio Medical Center

  • Eira Corral, Village Clerk, Village of Hanover Park

  • Sol Flores, Executive Director, La Casa Norte

  • Xochitl Flores, Deputy Director, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

  • Marcelino Garcia, Director, External Relations, Cook County Health and Hospital System

  • Mary Johnson, Executive Director, Corazón Community Services

  • Simon Lopez, Executive Director, HACE

  • Kenny Martin-Ocasio, Executive Director & CEO, Youth Service Project

  • Ana Parra, Executive Director, Interfaith Leadership Project

  • Sylvia Puente, Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

  • Edgar Ramirez, President & CEO, Chicago Commons

  • Mike Rodriguez, Executive Director, ENLACE Chicago

  • Yesenia Sanchez, Executive Director, West Suburban Action Project

  • Anamary Torres, Torres Consulting

  • Susana Vasquez, Executive Director, LISC Chicago

  • Mireya Vera, Director, Community Health Strategy and Language Access, Presence Health


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