White House Author
Juan Salgado, M.U.P., has been the President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino since 2001. Over the past ten years, he has led Instituto through a period of national award-winning recognition and historic organizational growth spurred by a focus on creating partnerships, enhancing core competencies, leading innovation, providing quality services, and participating in targeted advocacy. Under his direction, Instituto has established national best-practice educational and workforce models and in 2009, Instituto was selected as the National Council of La Raza’s Affiliate of the Year. Most recently, Instituto has founded the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, a new charter high school aimed at inspiring and preparing Chicago’s youth for success in the growing healthcare fields. His qualities as a committed leader earned him a 2005 fellowship in the distinguished Leadership Greater Chicago program for emerging leaders of business, government and nonprofit corporations; a 2007 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival fellowship, joining top decision-makers, journalists, artists, policy experts and government officials from across the globe; a three-year term as an advisor to the President of Mexico through the Institute for Mexicans Abroad; and a 2010 Roman Nomtich fellowship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Class. Prior to his experience at Instituto, Juan served for five years in leadership roles at a local nonprofit community development corporation. He has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Illinois Wesleyan University.