Juan Ricardo Villalobos
Juan manages Small Business Majority’s outreach in the Midwest from our Chicago office, where he oversees program development and policy advocacy to help small businesses start and grow throughout the region. A seasoned community advocate with nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience, Juan is an expert in community building, policy and advocacy work and organizational strategic development.
A small business owner himself, Juan designs and builds custom furniture, lighting and wall pieces from upcycled materials. Prior to joining Small Business Majority, Juan worked at the Center for Economic Progress as the Interim Executive Director/Director of Community Building and Strategic Partnerships. He managed all of CEP’s community, corporate, and electoral partnerships. Prior to CEP, Juan worked as a consultant for the State of Illinois New Americans Initiative and early childhood development and policy with Illinois Action for Children. Juan is fluent in Spanish.