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 Meet our Leaders 

Tim Bell

As the current Interim Executive Director, 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.


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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Jose Frausto

Manager of Leadership and Advocacy has over 20 years of experience in popular education, organizing, and advocacy work. Jose 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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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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Elva Serna

Senior Manager of Public Health has over 20 years of experience developing and managing programs that build the power of low-income immigrants through popular education and leadership development. The Cook County Commission on Women’s Issue awarded Elva its Unsung Hero Award in 2021. The most precarious job Elva ever had was working at a fast-food restaurant

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