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Joseph Antolín

Executive Director

Joe Antolín has been a passionate and effective advocate and leader creating and delivering opportunity, economic justice, and system reform for more than 35 years as a litigator, public official, and nonprofit executive and Board member.  

Joe is a nonprofit and philanthropy consultant who serves as the Executive Director of Asset Funders Network – a role he began in 2013 – guiding AFN efforts to increase the number of philanthropic investors in asset building to increase financial security for low and middle income families and to effectively move to address wealth inequality.  

Joe is also a coach mentor for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Fellowship in the racial equity national cohort. Joe actively serves as a volunteer commissioner of the Illinois Latino Family Commission advising government how to improve services to Latinos throughout Illinois. He is a board member of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, of IFF (a Midwestern CFDI) where he also chairs the Community Advisory Committee, and of the Illinois Public Health Institute serving as the chair of the Board.  He is an experienced witness or speaker on issues related to poverty reduction, public benefit reform, civil rights and racial-ethnic disparity elimination.

Previously, Joe served both as Heartland Alliance's senior vice president and Heartland Human Care Services Inc. executive director overseeing immigration legal services, refugee resettlement, affordable and supportive housing, workforce programs, residential youth and behavioral health programs. He also has served as director of the Division of Early Childhood and Self-Sufficiency for Catholic Charities, deputy director for the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and as a civil rights litigator with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.

Mr. Antolín holds a J.D. from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and received his Bachelor of Arts With Honors from Wesleyan University. He is licensed to practice law as a member of the Illinois Bar.