Juan Carlos Linares is the Executive Director of LUCHA, a Chicago-based affordable housing development agency which offers housing counseling, foreclosure prevention and legal assistance to over 8,000 clients annually in the Midwest. LUCHA recently designed and constructed the first multi-family “Passive House” in Illinois to go along with 198 affordable housing units in Chicago’s Humboldt Park, Logan Square and West Town neighborhoods.
Juan Carlos also serves as Chair of the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which most recently has published bipartisan reports on the issues of Hate Crimes, Environmental Justice and Voting Rights in Illinois. Juan Carlos has a mayoral appointment to the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund Board, and serves on the Boards of Metropolitan Planning Council, The Woodstock Institute and Urban Theater Company. He also serves on Northeastern Illinois University's El Centro Campus Advisory Council.
Juan Carlos holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a JD from DePaul University and an LL.M. in International Business Law from The John Marshall Law School. His BA in Sociology and Spanish is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Juan Carlos recently served on the Transition Team of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, and he has visited housing, human rights and social service institutions in over 40 countries.