“Proven talent” Luis Gutierrez officially appointed to CHA Board

Nov 4, 2021

CHICAGO (Nov. 3, 2021) – The Chicago Housing Authority announced today that a new member will serve on the agency’s Board of Commissioners.

Luis Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Latinos Progresando, was appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and approved by the Chicago City Council at the October 28 meeting. Gutierrez’s term is effective immediately and expires on July 7, 2025.

Gutierrez founded Latinos Progresando in 1998 to serve Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village communities, where he was born and raised, and continues to live today.

"I am thrilled to welcome Luis Gutierrez as a new CHA Commissioner," said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. "We are fortunate to have someone with such proven talent and dedication to addressing the various housing needs of our city. His decades-long service to our communities, along with his avid participation in numerous civic organizations, equips him with the skills and knowledge to best serve our residents and I look forward to seeing CHA grow with his service."

In 2010, Gutierrez also launched the Marshall Square Resource Network, a highly-localized coalition that has grown from three to more than 45 organizational partners, building the capacity of member agencies to advance integrated solutions to the most pressing issues on Chicago’s southwest side.

Gutierrez also contributes knowledges as a steering committee member of the civic organizations We Rise Together, Chicago’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, Forefront’s Advancing Racial Equity Committee and Resilient Chicago. He is a member of a delegation of Latino leaders to Israel and serves as co-chair of the Equity & Inclusion Committee on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Illinois, and as a board member of the Lincoln Park Zoo, Esperanza Health Centers.

He is also on the boards of Lookingglass Theatre and AMPT Advancing Nonprofits.

“I am pleased and excited to welcome Luis Gutierrez to the Board,” said CHA Board Chairwoman Angela Hurlock. “He is a tireless proponent for the communities of Pilsen and Little Village, and his expertise will serve our Board well in helping CHA build vibrant communities and create housing opportunity all over Chicago.”

Gutierrez will complete the term of former Commissioner Craig Chico. He is expected to attend the November 16 CHA Board Meeting.