Eric Lugo currently serves as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff at City Colleges of Chicago. In this capacity, he oversees advancement, community and legislative affairs, economic and workforce innovation, marketing and communications, and special initiatives. Since joining City Colleges in 2017, Eric has helped secure over $7 million in new private and federal resources for innovative initiatives, including deepening the relationship between Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges; scaling work-based learning opportunities for City Colleges students; and providing critical emergency supports for students in crisis. In 2015, Eric launched Conciencia Ventures LLC, an innovative practice with a mission to connect entrepreneurial and creative strategy to the social impact sector. He previously held the role of Vice President in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was responsible for the local implementation and communication of the global philanthropic strategy in Illinois and Minnesota. In this capacity, Eric led activities in three core areas – workforce readiness, financial capability, and small business development. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Eric was the Senior Development Officer at Instituto del Progreso Latino, a leading workforce development, education, and civic organization, where he played a transformative role in the institution’s growth. Eric is a member of the Chicago Council at the United Way of Metro Chicago, as well as serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Learning Exchange. In 2018, he was presented the Damen Award by Loyola University Chicago - Quinlan School of Business which recognizes alumni who have shown exemplary leadership in the community, accomplishments in industry, and service to others. He is a 2018 Pahara NextGen Fellow. In 2017, he was selected by the BMW Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs - Transatlantic Core Group to participate in the Connected Cities immigrant integration exchange in Hamburg, Germany. In 2015, Eric was selected for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship, the German Marshall Fund’s flagship leadership development program.

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