President & CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino
Karina Ayala-Bermejo is the President & CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino. Previously, she served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Metropolitan Family Services (MFS), and Executive Director of MFS Legal Aid
Society. Previously, she worked for the City of Chicago in Mayor Daley’s administration as Acting Commissioner, First Deputy Commissioner and Managing Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Human Resources.
Karina has been a recognized leader, keynote speaker and change agent for nearly 30 years. She is a past president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and former General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
She is an appointed Commissioner for the Cook County Human Rights Commission where she serves as its Vice-Chair. She was recently appointed Chair of the New Americans Advisory Council for the City of Chicago, also serves as
Chair for the Dean’s Advisory Council for DePaul University College of Law; and Executive Board for Illinois Partners for Human Service. She is a graduate of Loyola University-Chicago and her JD is from DePaul University College