Olga Camargo was recently named a member of Little Village Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Camargo is Managing Partner at TOROSO Investments, LLC, a Security Exchange Commission registered investment advisor firm headquartered in New York. Olga provides investment advisory and retirement plan advisory services to clients that include: high net worth individuals, business owners, public and private corporations, public sector entities, and not-for-profit entities and foundations. Olga holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary 360, and is able to effectively implement a prudent investment process for all of her clients.
Prior to joining TOROSO Investments, she was a Senior Vice President at Mesirow Financial co-leading an investment advisory practice where she provided culturally-relevant financial services and launched the firm’s Hispanic Community Outreach Initiative. Before that, Olga was at JPMorgan Chase and Thomson Reuters. In 2006, Olga authored a special report entitled How to Reach Chicago’s Mexican Market: A Case Study of Local Businesses Doing it Right, a road map for mainstream/financial organizations that desired to tap into the Latino market and focused on teachings from Little Village.
Olga has received national recognition for her professional work as a fiduciary advisor as related to helping the Latino community/workforce become retirement ready, in addition to helping organizations manage their assets. She advocates on the Latino community’s behalf and guides vendors to better serve it. Olga is frequently called upon by some of the fastest growing businesses and policymakers to provide her unique perspective.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Olga to The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority Board. She serves on the IL State Treasurer’s Advisory Council; The Metropolitan Planning Council Board of Governors; a board member of The Rotary Club of Chicago; and, a member of New America Alliance’s American
Latina Leadership Caucus (100 influential Latinas across sectors in the U.S.). She previously served on The Chicago Plan Commission, and as treasurer for the Chicago Cook Partnership Workforce Investment Board.
Olga was born in Los Angeles, California to immigrant parents from Guanajuato, Mexico. Her family moved to Chicago and settled in Little Village in 1977. Olga attended Eli Whitney Elementary School, Kelly High School, and graduated from Jones Metropolitan High School in the top 4% of her class. Her hard work and dedication to her studies garnered her many prestigious merit-based scholarships, which all helped her fund her college studies. Olga graduated with both a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of arts in English from the University of Illinois in Chicago.
While Olga attended both high school and college, she also worked at the family business—bridal shops in Little Village. She learned about business basics from her first teacher, her mother. Olga credits knowing how to build relationships to her mother whom worked hard to earn her customers trust and respect. It was during that same time that Olga also learned that even the savviest of business owners need help with financial decisions and that they can easily make the wrong decisions when they don’t have enough information or when they are unfamiliar with the financial system. She witnessed this firsthand with her mother. “Working with my mother was transformational for me, I knew that she wanted to make the right financial decisions for the family but she was unfamiliar with the financial system, add to that a language barrier. Today my work is the intersection of personal background, professional experience, and community knowledge–a new way of doing business in Chicago and nationally,” says Camargo.