Sylvia Puente
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Sylvia Puente

President and Chief Executive Officer – Latino Policy Forum

Sylvia Puente has been the president and CEO of the Latino Policy Forum since 2009, and has extensive experience as an advocate and policy analyst focused on education, housing, immigration and other issues of importance to the Latino community in Chicago and across Illinois.

Puente was recently appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Puente earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master of arts in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining the Latino Policy Forum, Puente was director of the Metropolitan Chicago Initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. She also held senior positions at The Resurrection Project and the Latino Institute.

Puente was recently appointed to the Restore, Reinvest, Renew Board and the State Housing Task Force. She also was appointed by previous Illinois governors to the Illinois Early Learning Council, on which she still serves, and the Illinois Education Funding Advisory Board. She is also a board director of Advance Illinois, a public policy agency working to improve education in the state, and a member of Illinois Unidos, a consortium of local Latino leaders dedicated to addressing the public-health and economic impact of COVID-19 on Latinos statewide.

Puente previously served on Gov. Pritzker’s transition team as part of the Educational Success Committee.

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