Alhelí M. Irizarry is an experienced community organizer, program manager, trainer, facilitator, and strategist. She has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, both statewide and for local, community-based organizations in coalitions; and in service organizations. She has worked with youth, adults and allies, advocating for the reform of immigration laws for a humane and just legalization. She has also worked in education and violence prevention programs and citizenship engagement, and has trained in organizing, leadership development and racial equity.
Alhelí previously worked as a manager for the Cultivate: Women of Color Leadership program, and as a trainer and organizer for the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations and Enlace Chicago. Alhelí holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American and Latino studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives on the outskirts of Chicago with her husband and two children. She is a proud immigrant from Mexico and has called the United States home for over 20 years.