Juan Calixto, CFRE, joined CCLF in May 2013 as the Vice President of External Relations where he manages the organization's fundraising, marketing and communications activities. He has 30 years of nonprofit experience working in various leadership positions. Prior to joining CCLF, Juan served as the Development Director for Mujeres Latinas en Accion and served in the same position at National Latino Education Institute (formerly Spanish Coalition for Jobs) securing funding from foundations, corporations, special events and individuals. He is a Certified Fundraising Executive and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where he received the President's Award for service to the field of philanthropy. In addition, he earn a certificate in Community Development Finance from the University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy and the Opportunity Finance Network. He is co-founder of Latinos in Development and of Breakin' It Down, a fundraising and nonprofit management conference targeting diverse professionals. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of North Park University where he teaches grant writing and an instructor at Forefront. He also served six years on the Cook County Board of Ethics. Juan holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University.