(Chicago, IL) – The Little Village Chamber of Commerce announces the selection of Jennifer Aguilar as the new Executive Director effective February 27, 2023. As Executive Director, Jennifer will oversee the overall planning, coordination and execution of all Little Village Chamber of Commerce and Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25) staff, operations, programs, projects, and services.
Previously, Jennifer held a role as a Community Outreach Specialist at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network for six years. She worked with underserved communities in the northern three-quarters of Illinois and Northwest Indiana to spread the word about the importance of organ & tissue donation. The experience she gained through her work with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network allowed her to build her capacity as a leader and grow her knowledge of nonprofit management, resource development, and strategic planning. Jennifer also served as a Little Village Chamber board member since 2017 and took on the role of board secretary from 2019 to 2023.
“We welcome and look forward to carrying out the organization’s vision and mission alongside Jennifer Aguilar, a longtime Little Village resident and former Little Village Chamber of Commerce board member who will be working with us as our new Executive Director,” said Antonio Guillen, President, The Little Village Chamber of Commerce
“Having been born and raised in the Little Village community provides me with a strong understanding of the important role the Little Village Chamber of Commerce plays in increasing commerce and tourism while maintaining our culture and working with our businesses, residents and visitors alike. I am honored and excited to give back to the community I call home through my work with the Little Village Chamber of Commerce,” said Jennifer Aguilar, Executive Director, Little Village Chamber of Commerce.
The Little Village Chamber of Commerce represents local business by promoting and supporting the growth and success of the Little Village commercial corridors while leveraging the community’s unique cultural identity in order to generate new opportunities. The Little Village 26th street commercial corridor has historically been one of the most dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial corridors known to provide meaningful economic contributions for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
The Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25) was established in 2004 to elevate the 26th Street commercial corridor’s existing assets; to create a dynamic public space that attracts new businesses and shoppers and strengthen the residential community.
The Executive Director has supervisory authority over all staff and reports directly to the Board of Directors of The Little Village Chamber of Commerce and The Little Village Special Service Area #25 (SSA #25).