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Micaela Vargas 


Assembling the Latino Agenda

Age: 30  

 Executive Director

Organization: Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation

A native of the Gage Park community in Chicago, Micaela is a high impact engager and coalition-builder. She has over ten years of experience in public policy, political strategy, business development and operations. 


In her current role she leads her organization’s initiatives to support and mobilize the next generation of Latino leaders. She leverages key relationships with stakeholders, organizations, and allies to develop the collective Latino Caucus legislative agenda that enables sustainable and equitable policies to justifiably advance the livelihood of Chicago’s Latino communities.


Micaela has served in a variety of leadership roles supporting senior-level executives and top government officials. Through her company, MAV Consulting, Micaela performs enterprise sales, external relations, social impact plan development, and more for clients. 


She previously served as Chief of Staff for Cook County government where she analyzed a $5 billion budget and served as lead on legislation that positively impacted thousands of individuals and families in Illinois. Legislation drafted by Micaela has been covered by the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business and the New York Times.


She is a member of the Global Shapers World Economic Forum Chicago Chapter and has previously served on the board of directors for Mujeres Latinas En Accion, in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, and the National Diversity Advisory Council for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. 


Micaela received her bachelor’s degree in international studies and business administration from DePaul University and received the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University.


Words of wisdom: “We can make our own normal. We can throw out all the rules and write our own. We can build our lives from the inside out. We can stop asking what the world wants from us and instead ask ourselves what we want from the world.” – Glennon Doyle

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