UIC Urban Forum



Oscar A. Chacón

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Alianza Americas

Oscar A. Chacón is a co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas (formerly known as National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities-NALACC), a national umbrella of immigrant‐led and immigrant serving organizations based in Chicago, IL, USA. Chacón is an immigrant from El Salvador who came to the US when he was 18 years old. He has been an organizer and a leader on community justice issues at the local, national and international levels since before he came to the US. He has occupied leadership positions in multiple organizations in New York City, Boston, Washington, DC; San Francisco and since 2001 in Chicago. Alianza Americas mission is to improve the quality of life of Latin American immigrant communities in the US, as well as of peoples throughout the Americas. Chacón is a frequent spokesperson on economic, social, political and cultural issues, particularly as they relate to Latin American communities in the US.