GCI Advisor Juan Salgado, president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, is among 3 Chicagoans to be named a MacArthur ‘genius’.
As president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino on the West Side, Juan Salgado has dedicated his career to helping low-income workers acquire the education and skills they need to land higher-paying jobs. The idea, Salgado said, is to shorten the path to a brighter future, so workers can see that it is attainable. He sees building a more talented workforce as the key to the city’s economic future.
“In our work, you do the mission to achieve the mission,” he said. “You need resources, and you need an audience of people who understand the work you’re doing. At the end of the day, you want to make as big a dent in the world as you can. This (award) means more people are going to know about the dent you’re making.”