in a panel moderated by PSLDI Senior Adviser & Consultant Sarah Lewis, partner organizations of PSLDI’s Regional Network discuss the issues and realities of trying to diversity the public sector in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Juanita Irizarry is a bilingual/bicultural, Illinois-born Puerto Rican whose role in philanthropy builds upon 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with an emphasis on housing and community development work in Chicago’s Latino community. She has expertise in non-profit management and administration, direct service, public policy development, and community organizing.
Ms. Irizarry is Senior Program Officer in Human Services and Community Development at The Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago region’s community foundation. Her grant-making has focused on housing, homelessness, hunger, disabilities, Latino-serving early childhood education, and capacity-building for small non-profits. Her responsibilities include staffing the Trust’s Persons with Disabilities Fund and the Nuestro Futuro Fund and representing the Trust at the Hispanics in Philanthropy Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities in Chicago. In June 2007,
Ms. Irizarry completed her Master of Public Administration (Methodological Area of Concentration: Leadership) at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she studied on a full-tuition scholarship as a Presidential Scholar/Public Service Fellow. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science and Spanish from Greenville College and completed 60 hours of graduate study in urban planning and policy with concentrations in housing and community development as an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago.