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Meet Paul Morgan – 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.

#28 –Paul Morgan

Artistic expression and identity empowerment

Age: 34

Title: Executive Director

Name of Organization: Ignition Community Glass

Paul is committed to providing youth with access to a high quality and progressive education, artistic expression and identity empowerment.

Prior to his current position as Executive Director of Ignition Community Glass, Paul served as the Director of Programs and Innovation for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund where he oversaw their core academic enrichment programing. Prior to that, Paul spent five years working as a Graduate level Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he taught research writing and psychology courses in the Forensic Psychology Master’s program.

Paul also worked for the Office of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he counseled low-income, first generation college students whom, like him, wanted an opportunity to achieve an ambitious future.

Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while simultaneously serving six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve to include a combat deployment to Fallujah, Iraq in 2006.

Paul has been presented with the Chicago Youth Center Adult Achievement Award, the Hoyman Professional Education Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education. Paul is a recent graduate of the Chicago Surge Institute Fellowship and was a recipient of the 2018 Chicago 35 under 35 award for community and social impact.

In his spare time Paul enjoys being a mentor, community organizer, and co-founder of the Chicago Doberman Club, which he, his wife Maral Zonooz, and Doberman Skylar, run as a family.

Paul serves as the Co-Chair of Chicago Youth Centers’ Auxiliary Board, which provides high quality innovative early childhood and out-of-school programming to youth in Chicago’s most divested communities.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Root down and rise up. Ascend to the brilliance that has been bestowed upon you by your ancestors and never turn down an opportunity to uplift others.”