Juan R. Rangel
Chief Executive Officer, United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)
Juan Rangel is the Chief Executive Officer for the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), metropolitan Chicago's largest Hispanic community-based organization. Since becoming CEO in 1996, Mr. Rangel has greatly increased the scope and impact of UNO, expanding activities within the city of Chicago, as well as among the quickly-growing suburban Hispanic communities, building on the success that UNO had reached in its first decade of community organizing.
In doing so, Mr. Rangel has sought to refine UNO's mission to better represent its Hispanic constituents, honoring its immigrant roots and values, challenging it to reach its full potential, guiding it to fulfill its aspirations, facilitating and accelerating its assimilation as our nation's newest Americans.
Among his accomplishments as CEO, Mr. Rangel developed the UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) comprised of 11 public charter schools across Chicago. This recent expansion makes UNO the single largest charter school operator and management company in Illinois, as well as the largest national Hispanic charter school operator. By 2012, UNO Charter Schools will serve more than 6,200 students nationwide.
In 2001, Mr. Rangel developed the Metropolitan Leadership Institute (MLI), aimed at engaging young Hispanic professionals in the public arena, including political, corporate, governmental and non-profit spheres. The MLI is a year-long training program which incorporates UNO's 20+ years of community organizing experience towards the development of Hispanic leaders within metropolitan Chicago. By 2010, over 250 individuals will have graduated from the program.
Mr. Rangel has a Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to joining UNO in 1992 he was the Training Coordinator for Illinois Fiesta Educativa, a training and advocacy organization for disabled Latinos. He is a past fellow (1997) of Leadership Greater Chicago and, in 1999, Mr. Rangel was included in Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40"-a list of prominent Chicago leaders under the age of 40. Mr. Rangel was also the recipient of the 1999 Hispanic American Construction Industry Association's (HACIA) Visionary Award. In 2004, Mr. Rangel received Operation Push's "Public Servant Award" and was honored by the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois for his work in Education Advocacy.