Chicago resident, Northwest Side
Married, two children
BA degree, Roosevelt University in Chicago, Journalism and Political Science, honors grad, Model United Nations
AA degree, Harold Washington College in Chicago, Journalism, Salutatorian, PTK
Pioneer Press Newspapers, Glenview, IL, Staff writer for 11 years, laid off in October 2010
City News Bureau of Chicago, 1994 to 1998
Internship, Extra (Bilingual) newspaper, Chicago, 1993
what is your current, past or ideal job title?
My experience and skills are transferable to other professional areas.
Looking for a position as a grant writer for not for profit organization (immigration and citizenship aid, refugee assistance, social services organization, etc.)
Other job prospects include: ESL instructor, English tutor, and Citizenship class instructor, legislative liaison, political consultant, or public relations person in the public or private sector.
what languages do you speak?
English, Spanish (fluent, 20 years in practice; also read and write -- but written skills do not match my ability in English))
what countries have you lived in?
what's your Hispanic connection?
It's obvious that I'm not Hispanic, well at least not on the surface. At the least, I'm an honorary Ecuadorian. My birthday is August 10, Ecuador's independence day. If that's not a strong enough credential, my wife -- who I met in 1995 -- is from Quito, Ecuador. I have been deeply immersed in Ecuadorian and Latino culture since then (actually since 1989). My wife's mother and six of her brothers and sisters (and their families) also reside in Chicago and most weekends and holidays are full of Latin music: cumbias, salsa, merengue, boleros, folklorico, and more. (I'm usually the only "gringito" among 20 to 30 Ecudorians, Mexicans, and others) Of course, one can't leave out the food -- which also plays a large role in the culture. I've been a student of sorts of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America since the 1980s.
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