Julio Rodriguez is one of the founders and current Board President of the one of the few Latino LGBTQ non-for-profit organizations in Chicago and the Midwest, the Association of Latinos/as Motivating Action (ALMA).
Founded in 1989, ALMA has been at the forefront of issues impacting the Latino LGBTQ community both locally and nationally.
In addition to his work with ALMA, Rodriguez has also served on a number of other local, state and national boards such as the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues, the Illinois Latino Prevention Network, Illinois Anti-Violence Authority, the Center on Halsted, the National AIDS Prevention Coalition and the national Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization and the Color Triangle.
He is a native of Chicago, Puerto Rican, and has a degree in business from DePaul University. In 2004, he was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award for Philanthropy in 2003 from the Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy.