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Oswaldo Alvarez

Program Officer

Oswaldo Alvarez joins the team as program officer working across all areas of the foundation. In this role he will work to increase connections between our Elgin and Core grant programs and deepen our work in communities.

He has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit field - ranging from ground-level program implementation to philanthropy and public policy implementation. He comes from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership where he led the agency’s strategy on immigration, adult education, and apprenticeship programs. Prior to this role, he was a program officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation managing the foundation’s Employment portfolio. From 2007 to 2012, he directed workforce development initiatives at Erie Neighborhood House, guiding the program from a pilot with no budget to a fully-staffed department providing vocational education across three industry areas.

Oswaldo holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.