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James F. Botana named Latino Lawyer of the Year

Chicago, IL,  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principal James F. Botana has been named Latino Lawyer of the Year by the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI). As an advocate for increased representation for Hispanic attorneys in the legal industry, Mr. Botana will carry out HLAI’s mission to promote high standards of competence, professionalism and integrity with and among Hispanic attorneys and the Hispanic communities within the State of Illinois.

“I am honored and humbled to be named a recipient of HLAI’s Latino Lawyer of the Year Award,” said Mr. Botana. “I have been a member of this organization since I graduated law school and I have always enjoyed working to help further HLAI’s mission of providing a forum through which Hispanic attorneys and their achievements, goals and aspirations may be promoted within the legal profession. I look forward to continuing my work with HLAI by participating in their activities to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal community. I am particularly excited about HLAI’s social justice initiatives and partnering with similar bar organizations to advance these initiatives through dialogue and a unified voice.”

Mr. Botana is a Principal in the firm’s Chicago office, where he represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a variety of employment and labor related claims. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he was a prosecutor and a senior attorney in the Employment Litigation Department of the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. He has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous civil and criminal cases in trials and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts. Mr. Botana has represented the City of Chicago in prosecuting criminal and quasi-criminal matters and has defended the City of Chicago in employment discrimination, civil rights and insurance defense cases in state and federal courts. Mr. Botana currently serves as a Special Assistant Corporation counsel and represents the City of Chicago and its employees in a variety of claims.

Mr. Botana was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish and is frequently called upon by businesses with large Spanish-speaking workforces to train managers and supervisors as well as non-supervisory employees in both English and Spanish in best employment practices as well as to conduct investigations of employment related disputes.

Mr. Botana has been a member of HLAI since 1992 and was a previous recipient of the HLAI Community Service Award. He has served the organization in several leadership positions including as a member of its Judicial Evaluation Committee, Translations Committee and as an HLAI mentor. Mr. Botana has helped organize several HLAI events and has participated in roundtable discussions as a featured speaker.

Mr. Botana earned his J.D. from DePaul University and his B.S. from Chicago State University.

Nelson Reyneri Jr., Chair-elect of USHCC

Washington DC- The Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce voted to elect Nelson Reyneri Jr. as the Chair-Elect for the USHCC Board of Directors for 2022.

Reyneri serves as Senior Vice President for Sales and External Affairs for Liberty Power, the largest independently- owned and managed retail electricity supplier in the United States, and one of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in the United States.

In this role, he oversees the company’s strategy for developing structured solutions to support corporations’ energy and sustainability goals. This includes product development for supply and demand-side energy strategies, internal and external business analytics, and energy-related thought leadership.

   Reyneri also has extensive senior leadership experience in the public sector, including serving in various senior management positions as an appointee in the Clinton Administration, as Senior Advisor to Senator Kerry, and in the 2004 election cycle served as Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Democratic National Committee. In 2016, President Obama nominated him to serve on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Reyneri has served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Utility Diversity Council, as Treasurer of the National Hispanic Medical Association and currently as Chair of Together Washington.

The Board of Directors also voted to elect Alice Rodriguez as its Chairwoman for 2 years term.

He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology and Philosophy and in Political Science from Boston University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Alice Rodríguez, new Chair of the board of the USHCC

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce Alice Rodriguez as its Chairwoman of the Board for a two-year term. Alice is a business executive with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and was recently promoted to become the Head of Community Practices, Engagement, and Inclusion for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

She has more than 33 years of extensive banking experience with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors, starting in her native Texas. Alice holds a BBA in Management from the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Active in the community and an established leader at JPMorgan Chase, Alice has been recognized with numerous awards and honors including Hispanic Lifestyle Latina of Influence; Named Corporate Elite by Hispanic Business Magazine; Distinguished Women’s Series Award from Northwood University; Academy of Women Leaders Award from the YWCA of New York; Minority Business Leader Award from the Dallas Business Journal; and Recipient of the “Inspiring Women of the Southwest” Award, Southwest Jewish Congress.

Alice has been recognized by the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) on their “Most Powerful Latinas List” for three consecutive years.

The Board of Directors also voted to elect Nelson Reyneri Jr. the Chair-Elect for the USHCC Board of Directors for 2022.

“We are excited for these two dynamic leaders taking the helm of our Board of Directors for the USHCC as we steer ahead to the next four years. They have been dedicated to serving the organization for many years and are passionate, innovative, and powerful champions of small business,” said Ramiro A. Cavazos, President & CEO, USHCC.

Alcaldesa de Chicago nombra a un latino como su vicealcalde para asuntos intergubernamentales

Chicago.- La alcaldesa Lori Lightfoot nombró a Manuel Pérez como su vicealcalde para Asuntos Intergubernamentales.

“Pérez aporta años de experiencia en el gobierno y la política de Chicago. Pérez inició su labor  en la administración como Subdirector Gerente del equipo de Asuntos Intergubernamentales (IGA) de la Alcaldía ”, dijo la alcaldesa en un comunicado de prensa.

Antes de unirse a la administración, Pérez dirigió una variedad de campañas locales, estatales y federales, incluida la candidatura Lightfoot a la alcaldía en 2019 y la exitosa candidatura al Congreso de Jesús “Chuy” García en 2018.

Además, Pérez ha realizado una roles dentro del gobierno del Condado de Cook, sirviendo como Asistente Especial del Presidente de la Junta del Condado, Jefe de Gabinete del Secretario del Condado y Jefe de Gabinete del entonces Comisionado Jesús “Chuy” García.

Como vicealcalde de IGA, Pérez guiará la agenda política de la alcaldes en el Concejo Municipal, Springfield y Washington D.C.

Originario de Chicago, nacido de inmigrantes mexicanos, Pérez creció en la vecina Cicero, Illinois. Se graduó de la Universidad de Princeton con un B.A. en Historia y actualmente vive en el barrio de Pilsen.

  Manny Pérez es uno de los Latinos 40 Under 40 de Negocios Now de 2019

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Lori Lightfoot appoints Manuel (Manny) Perez as Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs

Chicago.- Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed Manuel Perez as her Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs.

“Perez brings years of experience in the Chicago government and politics. Perez started his work with the administration as the Managing Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) team”, said the Mayor in a press release.

Prior to joining the administration, Perez led a variety of local, state, and federal campaigns, including Mayor Lightfoot’s run for Mayor in 2019 and Illinois Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia’s successful run for Congress in 2018. Additionally, Perez has held a variety of roles within the Cook County government, serving as the Special Assistant to the President of the County Board, Chief of Staff of the County Clerk, and Chief of Staff to then-Commissioner Jesús “Chúy” Garcia.

As Deputy Mayor for IGA, Perez will shepherd the Mayor’s policy agenda in City Council, Springfield, and Washington D.C.

A Chicago native, born to Mexican immigrants, Perez grew up in neighboring Cicero, Illinois. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in History and currently lives in the Pilsen neighborhood.

  Manny Perez is one of the Negocios Now’s Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.

Tonantzin Carmona

Tonantzin Carmona is now a MPA Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is participating in the Mid-Career Master program and her expected graduation date is May 2021.

She is following in her father’s footsteps, Roberto Carmona, who graduated from the same program in 2003. The program is for established professionals from all over the world to help them take the next step in their career – be it in government or any sector of society where public-minded leaders are making a difference.

Tonantzin Carmona previously served as the Illinois Political Director for the 2020 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Prior to that role, she was the Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, the Chief of Policy for the Chicago City Clerk, the Deputy Press Secretary to Senator Warren, as well as Director of the Office of New Americans and Deputy Policy Director at the Chicago Mayor’s Office. She was born and raised in Little Village and is a proud resident of the Pilsen community.