About Evanston Latinos

Prosperity And Progress Through The Preservation Of Our Cultural Treasures

Our community group works to strengthen the community, build bridges, and advocate for equity and inclusion for the Latine community in Evanston. We have been meeting since the Spring of 2017 in an attempt to connect with the community. Our group is comprised of various leaders and members of the Latine community who live and or work in Evanston and have a passion for helping this specific underrepresented community. As a group, we have explored barriers, strengths, needs and wants by hearing directly from the Latine community in Evanston and their experiences

Board of Directors

Rebeca Mendozá

Executive Director

An immigrant from Mexico, she came to Evanston when he was 5 years old and attended District 65 and 202 schools. A successful non-profit professional with a vast network of business contacts and a deep passion for collaboration and meaningful partnerships.

Stephanie Mendozá


First Generation born in California and raised in Tennessee, attended Loyola Chicago University and is a resident of Evanston. Stephanie has two sons in District 65 and a young daughter. She has served in many impactful community service roles. Stephanie is Evanston’s current City Clerk and the first Latina resident to sit on the dais.

Juan Geracaris

Vice President

First-generation Argentine immigrant and Evanston resident. As a Northwestern alumnus and father of a daughter and son who attend D65 schools, Juan has long connections to the Evanston community.

Alejandra Ibañez

Board Member

A Chilean immigrant, Alejandra arrived in the United States at the tender age of 5 and is a proud alumna of Evanston Township High School. Alejandra is a passionate bridge-builder, community organizer, and nonprofit leader. Alejandra was past Chair of Evanston’s Equity and Empowerment Commission and is the inaugural Executive Director of Illinois Unidos.

Evelyn Ramirez

Board Member

Evelyn Ramirez, is a Latina native of Evanston, Illinois, is a first-generation American. Her family’s roots extend all the way from Guanajuato, Mexico, and they’ve been proud members of the Evanston community since the 1960s.

Evelyn’s impactful leadership and advocacy have left an indelible mark on the development of the Latino community in Evanston. Her tireless dedication to various roles at Saint Nick Catholic Church and with Evanston Latinos showcases her commitment to strengthening the community bonds.

Alongside her community work, Evelyn juggles the responsibilities of being a devoted mother. She guides her college student toward a bright future while ensuring her younger child thrives within the educational landscape of District 65.

Evelyn Ramirez’s goal is to drive positive change and unity within Evanston’s diverse and thriving Latino community.

José López

Board Member

José López has dual citizenship: USA and Dominican Republic. First generation immigrant arrived at the age of 15. Has lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Michigan, and arrived in Evanston, Illinois in November 2021.Trained in conflict resolution and peace keeping. Has volunteered as trustee in various local community organizations and national associations boards.

Nancy Castillo

Board Member

Nancy Castillo is a resident of the 5th ward in Evanston, Leadership Evanston Alumni, and board member for Evanton Latinos.

She is an operations and program leader that is committed to connecting ideas to action in the social impact and financial services spaces. She has spent over 15 years helping to build organizations and teams whose work focuses on supporting under-resourced people and communities in the United States and internationally. Nancy brings a passion for building high-impact teams, expertise in financial health, and holistic approaches that encompass strategy, structure, and people to help organizations do important work.

She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at FinRegLab, a DC-based nonprofit organization that is a driving force in advancing the safe and responsible use of data and technology for a more inclusive, fair, and equitable financial system.

Nancy earned a Bachelor of Arts in political studies and Latin American studies with a minor in economics from Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research into the connections between remittances and economic development in Ecuador.

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