Cook County Commmisioner Alma Anaya to
Deliver Welcome Remarks

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.

About the #USHLIConference

The #USHLIConference has become the premier Hispanic leadership conference in the nation, attracting a complete cross-section of our leadership community and involving all ancestry groups. Over 6,500 present and future leaders representing 40 states will attend various events throughout the four days.Our 2019 Conference demographic survey included over 1,300 respondents who overwhelmingly rated the USHLI conference as the premier Hispanic leadership conference in the nation; 89% were between the ages of 18-34; 65% identified as female; and 82% were classified as students ranging from High School to Graduate School. The survey also found that 7% of our attendees are pursuing an advanced degree. Most conference participants are or will become the most influential Hispanic leaders of their generation and will help govern our cities, schools, states and, indeed, a nation that will become 25% Hispanic during their lifetime.

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