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The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) is proud to announce the appointment of Loretta Ivette Treviño to the Advisory Council on Women for the City of Chicago. 

Mrs. Treviño currently serves as the Director to the Cook County COVID-19 Recovery: Small Business Assistance Program at the IHCC, a role in which her business and entrepreneurial acumen has shined through her 15 year tenure at IHCC.

Now more than ever, the city needs professionals who are dedicated to the equitable recovery and growth of our city throughout every neighborhood,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 

“City government must be a catalyst for uplifting the lives of every resident, but it cannot deliver on this basic compact if Chicagoans feel unheard or neglected,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “By creating advisory councils comprised of residents with different perspectives and experiences, the City is ending business as usual and giving individuals a direct line to the Mayor’s Office as well as City department and agencies.” 

For Mrs. Treviño, this appointment comes with the responsibility to ensure that opportunities for women -not only- in business and economic growth receive a greater level of attention, but that women in general receive the respect and admiration, opportunities and access to decision making at the highest level.

The appointment of Loretta Ivette is a recognition to the entire group of women working at the IHCC who work tirelessly to support the inclusion of women entrepreneurs in Illinois economic development”, said Jaime di Paulo, IHCC President & CEO.

Members of advisory councils evaluate current municipal policies and programs, connect with residents and subject matter experts to assess structural improvements, act as a sounding board to consider new initiatives, and attend community events and meetings as a representative of the advisory council.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-standing equality issues for communities of color, as the Director to the Cook County COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Program Ms. Treviño competencies and passion for advocacy and organizational development will serve of much value to the current City of Chicago’s Council and Administration to ensure that women’s voices are heard. 

Ivette’s leadership skills were also recently recognized by Chicago’s Negocios Now 40 Under 40, as well as received the Chicago Women’s History Award by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Ivette is a Fellow of the Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation, Leadership Academy and an alumna with Mujeres de HACE. She currently resides in the South Side of Chicago with her husband and children.

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