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 Meet our Leaders 

José Frausto

As the current Executive Director, José has over 20 years of experience in popular education, organizing, and advocacy work. José served as President of AFSCME Local 2992 for 2 years. The most precarious job José ever held was working as a temp at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago.

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Jaime I. Medina

The Director of Operations has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector managing information systems and coordinating community engagement and education programs for immigrant workers. The most precarious job Jaime ever held was bussing tables at a restaurant.

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Tim Bell

As the Programs Manager, Bell has been with the organization from the beginning. He helped found CWC in 2003 where he has since worked as Executive Director, Organizer Director & Grants Manager. Previously, he worked for 10 years as the Adult Education Director at Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago.

The most precarious job he worked was as a carpet cleaner.


María Piña

Manager of Immigration Legal Services, brings years of case management experience in workforce development and immigration/citizenship services, connecting individuals to public benefits, employment, and immigration benefits. Maria’s most precarious job was working at a corner store as a minor.

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Mayra Garduño

Our Community Resources Manager has more than 17 years of experience working in non-profits serving low-income families as a case worker, Health Services Assistant, family advocate, group instructor with different entities such as: CFCM (Chicago Family Case Management) Head Start and Early Head Start, DCFS, etc. The most precarious role Mayra has ever held was as a temporary staffing agency worker.

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