Julio Rodriguez & David Sinski
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Rodriguez ( left ) and Sinski are long-time partners active on a variety of LGBT, AIDS and youth issues.

Rodriguez is the Director of Program Services, Bureau of Workforce Development, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity ( DCEO ) . He has been working in the field of human services for the last 20+ years both in a direct service capacity and at the senior management level.

Rodriguez has been involved for more than 25 years in a number of community projects and/or organizations. He writes: “I am one of the founders and current President of the only Latino gay, bisexual and questioning men’s lead non-for-profit organization in Chicago, the Association of Latino Men for Action ( ALMA ) . ALMA has been around since 1989 and has been at the forefront of issues impacting the Latino gay community both locally and nationally. ALMA was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2000 for its work in the Latino gay community.”

Rodriguez has also served on a number of other local, state and national boards such as the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues, the Illinois Latino Prevention Network, Illinois Anti-Violence Authority, the National AIDS Prevention Coalition and the national Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization ( LLEGO ) and the Color Triangle. He has been serving on the Board of the Center on Halsted, the new gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community center of Chicago, for the last eight years.

He is a native of Chicago, Puerto Rican and has a degree in business from DePaul University. In 2004, he was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award for Philanthropy in 2003 from the Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy.
The International Who’s Who for Public Service inducted Rodriguez into there membership in 2001

Committed to making sure young people grow up with access to resources and surrounded with an array of supports and opportunities, David Sinski has many years of experience working with youth programs. At Alternatives, Inc., he served as Director of Youth Development Programs. Prior to that assignment, he spent eight years as Associate Director at Mujeres Latinas En Acci"n including one as interim executive director. In his current position, David serves as the Executive Director of After School Matters and has held this position since 2005. He started at the organization in 2001, serving first as the sports program director and then as the senior program director. Sinski has numerous volunteer experiences in Chicago including work for ALMA, the Howard Brown Health Center, the Center on Halsted and AIDS Care. He gratefully shares his life with his partner, Julio Rodriguez, and many close friends and family members.

  Video Interview Date: 2007-06-10 Interviewer: Tracy Baim

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  Julio Rodriguez

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