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Mario Treto, Jr. Named a LGC Fellow

Post Date:06/12/2018 11:00 AM

Mario_Treto_headshotMario Treto, Jr., assistant city attorney for the City of Evanston, was named to the 2019 Class of Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Fellows. Leadership Greater Chicago is a premiere civic leadership development program that convenes, connects and mobilizes some of the region’s most promising leaders, a diverse group of individuals representing the corporate, nonprofit, government and education sectors.

This select group of 40 Fellows shares the organization’s mission to effect transformative change in the community, and join a 35-year legacy of building and strengthening the pipeline of civic leaders who will lead the future of Chicago.

Over the course of the 10-month program, the Fellows will be immersed in key socioeconomic issues facing the region through full-day seminars, community site visits, discussion groups, conversations with subject matter experts, cultural events, and experiential learning opportunities.

"Our Fellows come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal to create a better and more united Chicago for all who call it home," said Maria Wynne, CEO of Leadership Greater Chicago. “We believe in their ability to change the world.”

Treto serves the City of Evanston by providing legal counsel to its elected officials, staff, and departments. He is the lead attorney for various boards and commissions, including the City Council Human Services Committee, Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Local Improvements, and Equity and Empowerment Commission. During his tenure, Treto has authored over 500 ordinances and resolutions, and has collaborated with municipalities nationwide in filing amicus briefs on behalf of the City.

"I am honored to be included in the Class of 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows and to be among the group of 40 individuals in the region," said Treto. "I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of an outstanding municipal law department and look forward to incorporating the lessons learned from the program into the great work we are doing at the City of Evanston."

In addition to his law practice, Treto serves on various civic boards and committees. He is chairman of the Howard Brown Health Board of Directors, Hispanic National Bar Association deputy regional president, and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Latino Alumni Board president. He was named a "Top Lawyer Under 40" by both the Hispanic National Bar Association and the National LGBT Bar, and a "Top Latino Leader Under 40" by Hispanic business publication, Negocios Now. Treto is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Leadership Greater Chicago’s first Fellows class was nominated in 1984, and the program to date counts more than 900 alumni, including former First Lady Michelle Obama; former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan; Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Obama; and former President of the Chicago Board of Education David Vitale.

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