Mario Treto, Jr. serves as the Acting Director of the
Division of Real Estate (“DRE”) for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) in Governor Pritzker's cabinet. Appointed in March 2019, Director Treto is the head regulator for the State of Illinois' real estate industry, overseeing professional education, licensure, regulation, and discipline for nearly 100,000 licensees working in six real estate related professions. He manages a large government agency with approximately 40 employees operating out of offices in Chicago, Des Plaines, and Springfield with a most recent budget of over $8 million. Previously, Mario Treto, Jr. served as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Evanston, where he provided legal counsel to its elected officials, departments, and staff with compliance, transactional, and corporate matters. Treto authored over 600 pieces of legislation and collaborated with municipalities nationwide in filing amicus briefs on behalf of the City. Mario Treto, Jr. also worked at a Chicago firm focusing his law practice in commercial & residential real estate, corporate law, and commercial transactions. In addition, Director Treto serves on various civic boards and committees. He is Chairman of the Howard Brown Health Board of Directors, the largest LGBTQ community health organization in the Midwest with eleven clinics and sites serving 35,000 patients, as well as Indiana University Maurer School of Law Latino Alumni Board President. He volunteers his legal services to Wills for Heroes, providing free legal documents to first responders, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Saltbox Theatre Collective, having provided pro bono legal services to it as a nonprofit theatre company. Director Treto is a nationally recognized lawyer by various organizations, including the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar. He has received leadership accolades from Crain’s Business Magazine, Business Equality Magazine, and Hispanic business publication, Negocios Now. In 2018, he was presented with the Humanitarian Award by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. Mario Treto, Jr. was born in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and subsequently moved to Melrose Park, Illinois. Director Treto now lives in the Chicago neighborhood of Lakeview. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from the Washington University in St. Louis College of Arts & Sciences.