Roberto Carmona, CEO
3339 Highland Ave
Berwyn, IL 60402
Roberto Carmona has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the areas of strategic planning, community based research, management, human resources, and leadership development in the federal government, the private sector and the non-profit sector. At this time, his firm, the Crimson Leadership Group (CLG) is serving in the function as management association for the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives (NFLHE), as a strategic planning consultant for the Chicago based ENLACE Violence Prevention Collaborative and conducting executive searches for national nonprofit organizations.
From 2005-2008 Roberto was a Senior Consultant for an executive search and management consulting firm located in Chicago. His executive search experience includes serving clients and placing executives in positions with Fortune 500 companies, higher education, healthcare organizations, national nonprofits and local governments.
Some executive search highlights include working on the Presidential search for New Mexico Highlands University, assisting the City of Chicago in the search process for the current Superintendent of Police, a multiple recruitment project to help the City of Chicago’s restructuring of their Department of Human Resources, working with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on various positions, and serving as lead business developer for search projects with the City of New Orleans, Cook County, and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport..
From 2002-2005, Roberto served as the lead Environmental Justice (EJ) consultant for the Federal Aviation Administration oversight of the City of Chicago’s O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). Roberto designed the research and outreach strategies, recruited experienced outreach specialists to execute on the outreach strategy and published the EJ findings in section 5.21 of the OMP Environmental Impact Statement. He also served as a consultant for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington DC, the Boston Workforce Development Coalition and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.
In 2003, Roberto was the Director of Programs for the New America Alliance (NAA) and was instrumental in developing the NAA “white paper” The Status of American Latinos in Financial Services”, and he assisted the NAA in managing their Corporate Board Initiative, planning their annual Wall Street Summit and served as liaison for the NAA on Capitol Hill and the White House.
In 2002-2003 Roberto attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration on a Mid-Career Fellowship awarded by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
From 1997-2002 Mr. Carmona was appointed to oversee national programs in civil rights, workforce and community development for the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington DC. Highlights from his federal career include representing USDOL on the Round II $1.7 Billion multi-federal agency Empowerment Zone competition, helping to start HUD”s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development and in his role as National Monitor Advocate where he oversaw civil rights compliance in the administering of federally funded employment services focused on Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.
From 1994-1997, Roberto served a Regional Director for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Roberto also worked as an academic advisor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and served as an adult basic education/GED instructor for the City Colleges of Chicago.
Ms. Andrea Cristancho is a Management Consultant and has been working on the development and implementation of the coaching and leadership development for bilingual teachers, parents and students. Additionally, she has experience in the legal field and nonprofit sector prior to joining the Crimson Leadership Group.
Ms. Cristancho worked as a Literacy Coordinator for one of the first comprehensive social service agencies in Chicago and a nonprofit leader. As an Adult Literacy Coordinator, she recruited tutors from a variety of backgrounds to volunteer as English as a Second Language Tutors. As a result, she started a partnership between the organization and a Roosevelt University. Furthermore, she was a English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for adult students who were part of the organization. She was also in charge of assisting tutors in developing and implementing sustainable learning and teaching techniques for ESL students.
As a research analyst for a Latino neighborhood in Chicago, Ms. Cristancho worked closely with a Pilsen Alliance, nonprofit organization, and DePaul University to conduct research on new TIF laws being developed in the area. As a result, Ms. Cristancho became part of a door to door campaign to inform residents of the changes developing in their neighborhood. To this end, Ms. Cristancho coordinated neighborhood meetings where the media, local officials, and community leaders attended.
Additionally, as a paralegal working for a firm’s Civil Rights Department she was in charge of training and supervising five paralegals during the settlement process of an international class action law suit between farm workers and the Mexican Government. She was also in charge of maintaining close and clear communication with the claimants regarding the claim period and process. Her duties also included summarizing all settlement documents for final hearing, daily communication with Mexican Consulates across the country and daily report to plaintiff’s attorneys.
Most recently, Ms. Cristancho has developed a Spanish literacy program in an elementary school in the northern suburb of Illinois; she has conducted parent leadership workshops for bilingual parents and students. Additionally, she has been instrumental in developing website content and images, and social media outreach for CLG’s clients. Ms. Cristancho’s diverse work background gives her the flexibility to consult executives in the nonprofit and corporate sector.
Additionally, she is responsible for the development of social media marketing and other technology funnels for Crimson Leadership Group and the nonprofit the firm manages, the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives. As a result of her efforts, she has been able to increase our client’s visibility in the healthcare sector and increase their membership base.
A graduate from DePaul University, Ms. Cristancho continues to be influence by Vincentian Values and her experience working in a corporate environment and the nonprofit sector.