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“Chicago as a city represents what’s possible in a lot of ways.”

Adolfo Hernandez

Adolfo Hernandez spent more than 10 years in non-profits working on issues of community health, youth development, public safety, and urban development. In 2013, the White House recognized him as a “Champion of Change” for his work to effectively integrate immigrants civically, linguistically, and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods by bringing all residents together to create welcoming communities.

Adolfo Hernandez is the son of Mexican immigrants. He was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village community, which inspired his personal and professional quest to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the United States.

Currently, Adolfo Hernandez is the Director of the Pritzker Community Health Initiative for the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation. Its mission is to foster solutions in the critical areas of early childhood development, community healthcare, and human rights.

Prior to this, he served as the inaugural Director of the Mayor's Office of New Americans and the Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement for the City of Chicago.

Adolfo Hernandez is a member of the BMW Foundation’s Transatlantic Core Group, a unique gathering of American and German leaders from diverse backgrounds who have made it their task to breathe new life into transatlantic relations. He is also a leader in the Connected Cities initiative, which emerged from the Transatlantic Core Group. The initiative aims to complement the institutional dimension of the existing city partnership between Chicago and Hamburg by establishing and expanding civil society networks.

This article is presented in collaboration with TwentyThirty

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