The United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) created the Metropolitan Leadership Institute (MLI) to build public leadership within the Hispanic population of metropolitan Chicago. The organization has built a legacy of close to 400 leaders that today serve as public officials, educators, entrepreneurs, and that sit in the corporate boardrooms of some of the largest corporations in Chicago.

Latinos are the largest minority group in the state, yet they only comprise 4% of state government. We see a leadership gap.  We know that our community is filled with untapped leadership potential and talent that can fill that gap.

The Metropolitan Leadership Institute (MLI) promotes civic leadership within the Hispanic community and proactively taps into the leadership potential and talent in the community. Combining discussions, readings and analysis, this year-long program provides an appreciation for the nuances of public life and the dynamics of the power arena.

The new leadership at UNO seeks to continue to create a legacy of leaders for today and for future generations to come. Leadership is a key strategic pillar of our vision for UNO. We will enable the economic self-sufficiency of Latinos through education, entrepreneurship, leadership and civic engagement.

As you read through the following pages of the  most recent MLI Directory, keep in mind that this impressive group represents only a small sample of the potential of metropolitan Chicago’s Latino community. We invite you to apply for the MLI Program.