Elena Duran has been a resident of the Little Village Community for 45 years. She has been involved in different endeavors. She was a local school council member for the elementary school her children attended; elected the District School 5 Council President; encompass 50 schools, and the City Wide Council. Former member of the Dr. Jorge Prieto Health Center, she was part of the team that worked to expand services and facilities to provide family practice care in the Little Village neighborhood. With a group of five parents and the ACLU worked to see that the City of Chicago and other city agencies follow on their commitment to build the new school for the students of the Chicago High School for the Agricultural Sciences. Was a member in home town associations and with Mexican governmental officials; promoted opportunities in Zacatecas and other states for a better quality of life for their residents through programs and educational grants. Was member of Enlace Chicago since its inception; working with the leadership to see the construction of the Little Village High School and other programs.
Commissioner of the Service Area #26 since the beginning and she is a newly business owner of Artesanias Elena; Elena is officially retired, but she continues working as an interpreter/translator; is active in her parish Epiphany. Married to Ernesto for 45 years, has four sons, Ernesto Jr., Tarsicio, Jaime and Edgar and one grandson.