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Oswaldo Alvarez

Program Officer, Elgin and Engagement

Oswaldo leads the Foundation’s Elgin and Engagement grantmaking programs.

He has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit field – ranging from ground-level program implementation to philanthropy and public policy implementation. He comes from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, where he led the agency’s strategy on immigration, adult education, and apprenticeship programs – designing local programs that connect entry-level workers to training and education. Prior to this role, he was Program Officer at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation managing the foundation’s Employment program. From 2007 to 2012, he directed workforce development initiatives at Erie Neighborhood House, guiding the program from a pilot with no budget to a fully-staffed department providing vocational education across three industry areas.

He holds a Master’s in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.