Alicia Espinosa is the Director of the Empresarias del Futuro (EDF) Program at Mujeres Latinas en Accion (MLEA). EDF is a training program conducted entirely in Spanish and is designed for Latinas who want to initiate or expand a small business. MLEA developed the program with an economic justice and equity framework to give participants the tools, knowledge, and confidence to overcome the barriers that Latina survivors of trauma face on their path to financial independence. Alicia has been the EDF Program Director and Instructor for three years.

Originally from Mexico, Alicia migrated to Chicago with her family in the early 90s. As a Dreamer growing in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Alicia witnessed firsthand the untiring perseverance of immigrant families and their pursuit to obtain financial security; inspiring her to make a difference in her community. After receiving her BA in Behavioral Science from National-Louis University, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she helped expand financial literacy programming across Chicago’s southwest side. Alicia’s commitment to improving community financial health has included leading programs on financial security development for school-age children as well as programs geared to senior citizens. She is 42-hour certified in addressing domestic violence and conducts trainings that focus on domestic violence and financial abuse.