President and CEO
Juan Salgado has been and influential voice in the local and national settings for his work on the educational, political, and economic advancement of the Latina/o community. Juan has been the President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino since 2001. He has led Instituto through a period of national award winning recognition and historic organizational growth establishing national best-practice educational and workforce models. In 2011 the White House recognized Juan as one of 13 people nationally serving as Champions of Change for social innovation in their communities. Most recently, Juan was selected to join the prestigious MacArthur Fellows class of 2015, recognizing his strong community leadership and innovative approach to education in the Latino immigrant community.
Juan holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a debt of gratitude to his parents. In May 2013, Juan received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Illinois Wesleyan University and is a recent graduate from the Harvard Business School Owner President Manager program.
Vice President of Education and Programs
Dr. Ricardo Estrada is Vice President of Education and Programs at Instituto del Progreso Latino, a position he has held for 10 years. His responsibilities include developing and evaluating career pathways and education programs at the organization. He has over 35 years of higher education experience at Chicago-area community colleges as well as in the private education sector. During this time, he developed several adult education, vocational, and workforce development models that have enabled non-traditional students to advance in their careers. He is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national workforce and education conferences. Dr. Estrada’s experience in curriculum and program development has qualified him as a member of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education’s Career Pathway Panel of Experts. Dr. Estrada holds an EdD from National Louis University and an MBA from North Park University.
Chief Financial Officer
Miguel Tovar leads Instituto del Progreso Latino‘s Accounting / Finance Department as Chief Financial Officer. Miguel has over 22 years of accounting / finance experience, from start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations. He brings superior leadership and critical thinking to Instituto in all areas of the organization.
With a strong knowledge of both cash and accrual accounting systems, Miguel has been responsible for multi-fund budgets ranging from $10 million to $50 million. He has experience in all aspects of budgeting, financial forecasting, resource allocation, fund management, accounting, and control.
Miguel Tovar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.