USHLI is proud to announce that the Hon. Alma Anaya, the first Latina elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners in over 25 years and at the age of 30 the Board’s youngest member, will deliver welcoming remarks at our 38th National Conference. Commissioner Anaya will welcome participants attending our Latina Empowerment Breakfast at 8:00am, Friday, February 21, 2020.
Ms. Anaya was elected Commissioner in the 7th district in 2018. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Illinois Chicago. She is one of only a few formerly undocumented immigrants elected to public office and the first in the Midwest. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and the oldest of four children, she was raised by a single mother and together they struggled to overcome domestic violence and homelessness.
Prior to being elected Commissioner, she was Director of Administration in the office of then-7th District Commissioner and now Congressman Chuy Garcia. As the District Director she worked on County and internal budgets, policy initiatives and collaborated with community stakeholders to provide resources to constituents in the 7th District.