Claudia Lucero is a long-time community organizer in the Chicago area.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network, a faith-based organization working to promote human rights in Latin America.  Prior to that, she worked with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as Civic Engagement Coordinator, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago at the Latino Cultural Center. Claudia was one of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, now Alianza America’s first employees, working as a Regional Coordinator for the Midwest. She has also worked as the Leadership Program Coordinator for CONFEMEX – The Confederation of Mexican Federations. For the last 10 years Claudia has been a member of Durango Unido en Chicago, one of the federations in the Chicago area. She has also served as president of Durango Unido en Chicago and CONFEMEX. Claudia was born in Durango Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1990 at the age of 17. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Latino/Latin American studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In 2006 she received the Top 40 Award from the Red Eye – a publication of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, for being one of the prominent leaders during the 2006 mega marches for the immigrant rights.