Executive Director, LUCHA
Cohort: Aspen Institute, Colorado, 2017
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Juan Carlos Linares builds community and advances housing as a human right. He is the Executive Director of LUCHA, a Chicago-based affordable housing development agency which also offers housing counseling, foreclosure prevention and legal assistance to over 8,000 clients annually throughout the Midwest. LUCHA is currently building the first multi-family “Passive House” in Illinois to go along with what will be 200 affordable housing units in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, Logan Square and West Town neighborhoods.
Juan Carlos currently serves as Chairman of the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, has a mayoral appointment to the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board, and serves on the Boards of Urban Theater Company and the Woodstock Institute. Juan Carlos also serves on Northeastern Illinois University’s EI Centro campus Advisory Council where he teaches Political Science, and is also on the Adjunct Faculty at The John Marshall Law School.