Cecilia Abundis was appointed Acting Director of the Division of Professional Regulation for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in May of 2019. Previously, she was an attorney in the Consumer Fraud Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Abundis investigated companies and/or individuals for violations of Illinois’ consumer protectionllaws; including mortgage lending institutions, mortgage brokers, forprofit schools, unauthorized immigration services providers and “notarios”, car dealerships, auto manufacturers and suppliers, and auto finance companies. Additionally, Ms. Abundis helped train Mexican prosecutors in trial advocacy skills in collaboration with the Conference of Western Attorneys General’s Alliance Partnership. Prior to her role with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in 2006,Ms. Abundis worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing,where she started in 2001 as a law clerk and then became an Equal Justice Works (“EJW”) Fellow in 2004. As an EJW Fellow, she created the source of income project where she represented tenants and fair housing organizations who were victims of housing discrimination and tenants facing eviction. Ms. Abundis continues volunteering with Equal Justice Works as an alumni reviewer of project proposals submitted by prospective EJW Fellows. Ms. Abundis graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with aBachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. In 2015, Ms. Abundis was awarded the Excellence in Legal Service award by the Mexican American LegalDefense and Educational Fund at its Chicago Gala. Ms. Abundis is also the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the Latino Law Student Association of DePaul University College of Law.Ms. Abundis is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French and Italian.