Green Festival Speakers

Eric Rodriguez


Eric Rodriguez, Executive Director of Latino Union of Chicago, is the son of undocumented Mexican migrants and began volunteering with the Latino Union in 2003. Since his early days with the organization, he has been organizing day laborers at street corners, facilitating worker leadership development, and building alliances through out the city alongside workers to garner the public support needed to open the Albany Park Workers’ Center in 2004. While serving as the Center coordinator, he facilitated the establishment of systems operation and Day Laborer Program education and leadership development activities while simultaneously organizing north side corner hiring sites to improve social and economic conditions. A 2011 Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leaders Fellow and a 2009 35 Leaders Under 35 award recipient, he will graduate from North Park University in 2011 with a degree in Non-profit Management. Latino Union is proud to partner with the Chicago Coffee Confederation to develop Cafe Chicago fair trade, organic coffee roasting cooperative as an alternative model of job creation, nonprofit funding, and social action.