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PHILIP J. MULLINS, Chief Strategy Officer, UNO

Philip Mullins has been involved in leadership training and grassroots advocacy efforts for nearly 30 years. Throughout this time he has served as both a community organizer and chief strategist on civic campaigns and initiatives spanning an array of policy areas.

Mr. Mullins began his professional career in the early 1980s, working with entities which have become some of Chicagoland's most prominent Latino organizations, including El Hogar del Niño, Latino Youth Alternative High School, and the Pilsen Chamber of Commerce. After becoming UNO's Regional Director, Mr. Mullins spent a year with the Gamaliel Foundation, and also organized in the western suburbs, which led to the creation of the Interfaith Leadership Project. Before returning to UNO, he provided consulting to the Michigan Empowerment Project.

During UNO's involvement in the Chicago school reform movement in the late 1980s, Mr. Mullins organized thousands of parents at the grassroots level in support of campaign activities. He also helped to draft and lobby for legislation that ultimately implemented Local School Councils throughout the city of Chicago.

Mr. Mullins also played a lead role in developing UNO's grassroots naturalization campaign, which brought together over 2,000 volunteers and 100 churches across the metropolitan Chicago region. Ultimately this effort assisted 65,000 individuals to become U.S. citizens, making it one of the country's most successful grassroots outreach campaigns and a model for citizenship campaigns across the United States.

Beyond UNO, Mr. Mullins has been engaged by a number of public institutions for organizational and leadership development. In the 1990s, he performed an analysis of inefficiencies for U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services, and co-developed a Chicago community outreach strategy to address its 60,000 applicant backlog. Mr. Mullins also assisted in training 18 church-based organizations in four states that participated in the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) Active Citizenship Campaign.

Today, as Chief Operating Officer of UNO, Mr. Mullins directs the organization's long-range planning for program and policy initiatives. He also developed UNO's grassroots health outreach strategy, which has connected nearly 70,000 Hispanics throughout metropolitan Chicago with free or reduced-cost healthcare. Mr. Mullins co-founded the MLI, addressing a prominent need for increased leadership across Chicago's public sector.

PETER MARTINEZ, , Director of the Center for Urban School Leadership University of Illinois at Chicago, MLI Program Advisor

Peter Martinez has been involved with the MLI since its creation, measuring program effectiveness and lending his expertise in community organizing to training retreats and monthly discussions, providing real examples for the analysis of power plays and organizing tactics. Mr. Martinez has over 40 years of experience in leadership training and organization development.

His 25-year organizing career started with the Organization for the Southwest Community (OSC), a Saul Alinsky Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) project, where he became the Executive Director within three years, managing projects across the southwest, and running organizer and leadership trainings nationally. He continued conducting leadership trainings as the Latino Institute's Associate Director for organizations including UNO, and in places as far as Johannesburg, Soweto, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth for the South African Council of Churches.

In 1987, Mr. Martinez became the first full-time Executive Director of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), where he increased the dues-paying membership four-fold, initiated paid affirmative action contracts as a way of funding the operating budget, and pioneered their annual banquet.

In 1991, Mr. Martinez became a senior program officer at the MacArthur Foundation, in charge of their $40 million Chicago Education Initiative. A decade later, he left MacArthur to design and lead a dramatically innovative urban principal preparation program called the Center for Urban School Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is currently the Director.

In 2009, he was among the 22 individuals chosen from a field of over 800 nominees to serve on the national committee to develop Accomplished Principal Standards for the United States.

In less than five years that the program has been in existence, it has prepared 40 new transformative principals for Chicago Public Schools. In fact, one of those leaders is the School Director for the UNO Veterans Memorial High School, opened in 2008, where Mr. Martinez continues to consult on the school's design and development.