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Meet Aaron Ortiz – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018


Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#30 – Aaron Ortiz

Legislating goals in teens

Age: 27

Title: State Representative

Name of Organization: State of Illinois

Aaron is a full-time state legislator and youngest member of the 101st Illinois General Assembly. He was born in 1991 in Chicago to immigrant parents from Durango, Mexico.

Formerly an educator at Chicago Public Schools, Aaron was a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and a member of the Local School Council.  

Aaron is a first generation college graduate. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received a B.A. in Urban Planning in 2013. During Aaron’s time in college he began to think about how important government and community development was within his community.

Aaron is also a parishioner of St. Clare of Montefalco Church. He is a homeowner and lifelong resident of Gage Park and attended Nightingale Elementary and Brother Rice High School. Aaron is also a volunteer high school soccer coach. His experiences as a young student have guided him in his work helping students at Back of the Yards high school think about their post-graduation future.

Words of Wisdom:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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