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Álvaro joined AARP in October, 2016 and is focusing his work in the H/L ECP communities of Pilsen and Little Village as well as being a co-lead for the Livable Communities issue team.

Álvaro is President of the Board and Founder of Chicago Mariachi Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate the Art of Mariachi and promote excellence in musicianship through education, coordination and support. Álvaro is a strong advocate for education, arts & culture. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Grammy nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble as Secretary and former President and Vice-President. He was a core member of the México 2010 Committee celebrating the bicentennial and centennial of México’s Independence and Revolution respectively in Chicago and also serves on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Board of the Negaunee Institute. He has helped to create music education programs in schools; lead the process for a 5 Year Strategic Plan for Education for Chicago’s Pilsen community; and was a member of the Cooper Dual Language Academy and Benito Juarez Community Academy Local School Councils. He has served on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Community Advisory Council and its Board of Trustees (Executive Committee) as well as the Board of Directors for Mexican Dance Ensemble. He was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiatives’ 2005 Local Hero Award, the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, and the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Latino Affairs Hispanic Heritage Award 2010.