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 Meet our Leaders 

Oswaldo Alvarez

CWC’s Executive Director as of July 2021. Oswaldo served as the Director of the Illinois Census Office and has worked across Philanthropy, Government, and Nonprofit sectors—all the sectors designed to work with the community. His experience spans from developing programs at Erie Neighborhood House and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership to managing sectoral and place-based grantmaking portfolios at the Lloyd A. Fry and Grand Victoria Foundations. The most precarious job Oswaldo ever held was working for a landscaping company.

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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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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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Maria Pina

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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Juan Carlos Arenas

Community Coordinator for Adult Education has over 20 years of experience working in adult education and immigration rights projects with the College of Lake County and as a teacher in the Waukegan Public Schools. Juan Carlos’ most precarious job was laboring as a temp worker at a statue molding factory.

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