is a public servant who has spent years helping people address their legal difficulties through his public interest law work. He also works arduously to bring resources to communities and people to ensure their economic and health development.

Currently, Marcelino is the Director of Community Affairs for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, the nation’s third largest public health system. He is also a Partner with Overseas Strategies, LLC an international business development consulting firm that helps small and medium sized companies with the logistics of import and export and market development.

An attorney by training, he is devoted to public service having worked in leadership roles at not-for-profits and governmental entities. Through his legal work at the Chicago Legal Clinic, he was able to help clients deal with mortgage foreclosures, domestic relations, bankruptcy, and immigration matters. As a legislative liaison at the Chicago Park District, he witnessed first-hand the harmful effects that water can have on communities’ health when not treated properly. He understands the value of conservation and preserving resources and the environment.

Marcelino worked with management and budgets at the State of Illinois to ensure that entities run properly and to avoid waste at all cost. His work also focuses on ensuring that Chicago and Cook County are recognized as a true international city with the many different business and cultural attributes that the city and region have to offer. Marcelino has many years of international business development experience having worked as Senior Manager of International Relations for Chicago 2016 the Olympic Candidacy Committee and as Assistant Managing Director of the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment (OTI) where he worked with Illinois companies looking to export to new markets in the Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

Marcelino is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University and his Bachelor's Degree from Dartmouth College. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is proficient in French, Italian, and Portuguese. An avid traveler, as he likes to visit new and interesting places to experience the world’s societies. He is an avid skier, swimmer and gourmand and enjoys interacting with people from all over the world.

Meet The Team

Joanne So Young Dill
Chief of Staff

Joanne directs policy research, relationships with external government offices and nonprofits, and overall strategy to engage with diverse communities. Throughout her career, Joanne has focused on designing innovative environmental and education projects. Previously, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives at Friends of the Chicago River. Appointed by Governor Pritzker, she currently serves on the board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund. Joanne hails from Beantown where she received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston University. To contact Joanne, please email

Richard Bradley

Richard is a High School graduate of Luther North, 1974 College graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, 1979. After graduation he worked for the Crisis Intervention department for the City of Chicago, Human Services Public Service continued as a Chief of Staff for Alderman Kotlarz and Wojcik. He proudly served as State Representative of the 40th district from 1996-2008. He also had a rewarding experience working as a Youth Care worker for Maryville Academy.

Gianna Torres

Gianna Torres is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During her time at university, she focused on Aquatic Ecology and Marine conservation taking courses ranging from ecosystem ecology to fish biology and herpetology. She has had the opportunity to volunteer at the Brookfield Zoo, participate in the Shedd’s High School Lake Ecology Program, and work at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. She is aiming to build upon her passion for conservation management and education, ultimately hoping to aid in the development of hands-on community engagement programs that encourage environmental awareness and spark a desire to learn more about the inner workings of Chicago’s water way.

Carlos Guevara

Carlos has built a strong career in community outreach and engagement. He attended Chicago State University and completed a BAS from Pacific Western in Recreation and a BSM from National Louis University in Business Management. In 1970, Carlos started a career with the Chicago Park District as a recreation Leader. In 2003, he ran an aldermanic campaign in the 30th Ward for Ariel Reboyras, serving as the Chief of staff; and after, moved on to serve as Office Manager to 37th Ward Emma Mitts. In 2013 started a career with ComEd as an Account Manager and was one of six Account Managers selected as outstanding Customer Service Manager nationwide. Carlos continues to work on local political campaigns and volunteers on different boards and committees.

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