Mireya Hurtado ’00

Mireya Hurtado is the Director of the Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). In that role, she supports the Department in ensuring that Illinois’ Latino community has access to, and an understanding of, the range of social services offered by the state. In addition, Ms. Hurtado is currently engaged in various projects addressing the needs of not only Illinois’ Latino community, but also a diverse array of immigrant groups across the state. These projects include ensuring appropriate and timely access to health care, preventative care, and managing a statewide initiative to promote citizenship efforts.

Prior to joining IDHS, Ms. Hurtado served as the District Director for the Office of Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District, where she was responsible for outreach campaigns and constituent service workshops. She also managed congressional casework and acted as a liaison to various community groups and local and national organizations. Ms. Hurtado has also been involved in a variety of political campaigns at the local, state, and federal level, including work to support individual candidates and statewide ballot initiatives.

Born in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen to Mexican immigrant parents, Ms. Hurtado is a first generation college graduate. She graduated from Williams College in 2000 with a major in Political Science and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.