Latino Victory Project Welcomes Illinois Attorney Lisa Duarte to its Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. – Latino Victory Project, the largest national organization dedicated to building Latino political representation, announced the appointment of attorney Lisa Duarte to its Board of Directors.

Duarte is a partner at Croke, Fairchild, Duarte & Beres in Chicago, Illinois. 

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome Lisa Duarte to the Latino Victory Project family. Lisa joins an assembled Board of Directors comprised of some of the best and brightest minds in Latino politics,” said Luis A. Miranda, Jr., Chair of the Latino Victory Project Board of Directors. “With Lisa, an attorney and community leader, being a part of our organization, I am confident that Latino Victory will be well-positioned to continue expanding Latino political power in the Midwest and across the country.”

“I am delighted that Lisa Duarte is joining Latino Victory Project’s Board of Directors. Throughout her career, Lisa has committed herself to building Latino leadership and political power in Illinois,” said Nathalie Rayes, president and CEO of Latino Victory Project. “She sits at the intersection of politics, policy-making and law in the Midwest, and brings a new vision and a unique perspective to the work of Latino Victory Project. We are thrilled to count on her expertise and visionary leadership to propel our organization to thrive and  achieve our mission of building Latino political power at all government levels.”

Duarte has spent her career at the intersection of law and government. Prior to joining Croke, Fairchild, Duarte & Beres as partner, she served as the First Assistant Deputy Governor for Budget & Economy in the J.B. Pritzker administration in Illinois.  Duarte also worked with the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office, where she served as legislative counsel to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, representing the City of Chicago before the Illinois General Assembly, state agencies and executive offices. She then advanced to the dual role of Chief of Staff to former Deputy Mayor Steve Koch and Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Economic Council.

Before working in the Emanuel administration, Duarte practiced law at a small business services firm where she focused on employment law, commercial litigation, construction law, and zoning and land use.  She also devotes her time to civic and philanthropic causes with a focus on helping the Latino community. Duarte is a Founding Board Member of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus Foundation Leadership Academy which focuses on developing a pipeline for the next generation of Chicago’s Latino business and civic leaders.

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