About Us

A Voice for the Community

The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) is a non-partisan and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established in 2002 with three important goals:

 

  • To empower Illinois Latinos and increase access to federal, state and community programs in critically important areas;

 

  • To provide college scholarships for young Latino men and women who need assistance to further their education; and

 

  • Supporting the widespread distribution of information on public policy that impacts Illinois Latinos, through an annual report on Latinos and the Illinois economy.

 

The Foundation’s Board of Directors includes members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and others from Illinois Latino communities. 

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Meet The Board of Directors

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State Representative
Jaime Andrade, Jr.

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State Representative
Fred Crespo

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State Representative
Barbara Hernadez

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State Senator
Cristina Pacione-Zayas

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State Senator
Omar Aquino

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State Representative
Eva Dina Delgado

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State Representative
Elizabeth Hernadez

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State Representative
Delia Ramirez

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State Representative
Dagmara Avelar

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State Representative
Edgar Gonzalez, Jr.

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State Senator
Antonio Muñoz

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State Senator
Karina Villa

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State Senator
Cristina Castro

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State Representative
Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar

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State Representative
Aaron Ortiz

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State Senator
Celina Villanueva

Board Designees

Daniel Arce

Martin Cabrera

Steve "Stefano" Caramelli

Marta Cerda

Pedro Cevallos-Candau

Benjamin Bernal

Lisa Duarte

Brenda Hernandez

 Meet the Team

Oswaldo Alvarez
Executive Director

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Oswaldo Alvarez is the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation’s Executive Director and oversees all programs, operations, and organizational development. Oswaldo has nearly 20 years of experience, working across the sectors of nonprofit, government, and philanthropy – all the sectors designed to work with and for community. Before joining the ILLCF, Oswaldo was appointed by Governor Pritzker as the inaugural Census Director for the State of Illinois, helping the State achieve its highest self-response rate ever, ranking #1 among states with over 9 million people. A Chicago native and a fluent Spanish speaker, he earned his Master's in Social Policy from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Elizabeth Gutierrez
Chief of Staff

Elizabeth Gutierrez, who is from the south suburbs of Chicago, recently graduated with her MS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Elizabeth's studies focused on community nutrition with a focus on public health and nutrition policy. Through her studies, dietetic internship, and volunteer-based extracurricular activities, she found a passion for promoting health equity through establishing nutrition security within communities. Through her experiences with ILLCF, she hopes to continue to build her passion for policy and non-profit work while uplifting the Latino community within Illinois.