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Mona Noriega has over 30 years of experience committed to social change on behalf of diverse community groups. She co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of Amigas Latinas, an organization committed to the empowerment and education of Latina LBT women in Chicago. Noriega also worked as the Regional Director of Lambda Legal Defense’s Midwest office, which advances the civil rights of LGBT individuals. Most recently she organized the 2014 Hate Crime Summit hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago and annually serves as an Honorary Co-Chair of Chicago Build the Peace Committee. She earned an MBA and an MPA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BA from Northeastern Illinois University.
A former college professor with a Ph.D. in modern American history and teaching experience in history, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies, Theresa first came to Chicago for graduate studies at the University of Chicago 25 years ago.
As a senior advisor in former Governor Pat Quinn’s administration, she worked with legislators, Cabinet members, and co-workers at state agencies on efforts to improve diversity and minority representation in state government. She worked with advocacy groups on issues such as immigrant rights, workers rights, voting rights, language access, and health care.
Prior to her position in the Governor’s Office, she worked with advocacy and community-based organizations, initially with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and then Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC). At CBCAC, she was instrumental in efforts to increase voter registration, voter education and turnout; increasing the voting power of the Chinese American community through redistricting; advocating for a new Chinatown library and field house; preventing the closure of the Chinatown Post Office; and educating community members to become more involved in lobbying their elected officials on various issues.
Dr. Mah also serves as an elected Community Representative on the Local School Council at Thomas Kelly High School, where she has been a strong proponent of bilingual education, civic engagement, and the pursuit of higher education.With Bridgeport Alliance, she was deeply involved with its successful effort to restore CTA bus service along 31st Street. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and for the Global Asian Studies Program at UIC.
Fred Agustin Property Tax Appeal Attorney – Maurides Foley Tabangay & Turner LLC
Fred E. Agustin is a property tax appeal attorney with the law firm of Maurides Foley Tabangay & Turner LLC. Prior to joining the law firm, Fred was a hearing officer with the Cook County Board of Review where he reviewed and rendered decisions on thousands of property tax appeals ranging from residential, condominiums, commercial, retail, office and industrial properties all over Cook County. Fred is also an experienced zoning and land use attorney where has obtained approvals in almost every ward within the City of Chicago, as well as numerous suburban municipalities.