I am a Senior Partner at the global leadership and talent management consultancy Korn Ferry, a thirty-year resident of Highland Park, and a Highland Park Housing Commissioner.
I am a graduate of Northwestern University where I got a BA in History with an emphasis in journalism and political economy. I have written extensively for major publications plus I have published the following books: "The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity," "Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success" (co-authored), and the very recently published, "The 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leadership: Unleashing the Power of All of Us" (co-authored). I am also on the Board of Leadership Greater Chicago, and been a fellow since 2008 and the national Board of Jobs for the Future.
In Highland Park I was a leader in gaining approval for the launch of the Dual Language program in District 112, been an AYSO girls soccer coach for eight years, offered pro bono consulting on diversity and inclusion to District 113, and I currently sit on the executive committee of Ravinia Festival's Board of Trustees.
I am also an avid cyclist who can never get enough of our trails, parks, ravines, and beaches.
I grew up in Lima, Perú with a Peruvian Dad and an American Mom who met in the US, married, had me, and when I was 9 months old my Dad took his new family on cargo ship back to the land of the Incas where I grew up until it was time for me to come to the Chicago area for college.
I have been married to Lori, a musician, for 37 years, and we have a grown daughter -- an alum of District 112 and 113 -- who is a professional flamenco dancer currently living in Sevilla, Spain.
I look forward to meeting many, many of you and learning about your own stories and your aspirations for Highland Park!