Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the appointment of attorney Juan Morado Jr., a health care regulatory and policy attorney, to the Board of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA).
Morado is with extensive experience in working with state and federal agencies. He joined Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP in 2017 as a Partner in the health care practice group and recently served as the 23rd President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
“Juan Morado Jr. has dedicated much of his professional life to creating, advocating for and advancing socioeconomic opportunities for Latinx and Hispanic communities both in our City and across our entire state,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
“This expertise and experience, rooted in the values of equity and inclusion, make him an invaluable add to the MPEA team. I want to extend my congratulations to Juan for his exciting new role and look forward to working closely with him in the future.”
MPEA CEO Larita Clark said that Morando will add a great depth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Directors.
“This is a pivotal time for the Authority and we are glad that he is joining us as we adapt to the new landscape and plan for the future.” Morado was recognized as a “Latino 40 under 40” by Negocios Now, the Hispanic Business Publication.
Governor Quinn appointed him to the Board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and as Representative to the National Governor’s Association policy academy on public-private partnerships.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Morado as Commissioner to the Illinois Medical District Commission, where he was subsequently elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice President. He is also on the Board of Managers for the Chicago Bar Association.
Morado’s other civic engagements include serving as a Board Director for La Casa Norte, the Medical Organization of Latino Advancement, the Public Interest Law Initiative, the We CAN Achieve Foundation and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI) Charities.
He also serves on the Teatro Vista Advisory Board and is an active member of the American Health Law Association, the Illinois Association of Health Law Attorneys and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Morado lives with his family in the city’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood.
The MPEA Board has nine members. Four members are appointed by the Governor of Illinois and four members are appointed by the Mayor of Chicago.