Joe Antolín is an experienced advocate, mentor, and executive who serves as the Executive Director of Asset Funders Network. In that role, he guides AFN efforts to advance the mission, address wealth inequality and increase the number of philanthropic investors in asset building, increased financial opportunity, and economic security for low and middle income families.
Previously, Mr. Antolín mentored non-profit executives in several states and served as a coach mentor for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Fellowship for the racial equity national cohort. He served as Heartland Alliance’s senior vice president, Heartland Human Care Services Inc. Executive Director and as a director at Catholic Charities of Chicago. In these executive roles, he oversaw and led immigration legal services, refugee resettlement, affordable and supportive housing, workforce including publicly financed jobs, alternatives to juvenile justice, asset building for low income households, behavioral health, and Head Start/early childhood programs. He has experience in state government and as an advocate with income supports and anti-poverty programs. As an attorney, he has both advised agencies internally and litigated for civil rights and systemic reform 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. He currently serves on the boards of The Shriver Poverty Law Center, the Illinois Public Health Institute, and the Three Sisters Kitchen (Albuquerque).