Yahaira Guzman serves as the Chair for HACE’s Young Professionals Board. Through her leadership, HYPN has exceeded fundraising goals for HACE throughout 2015-2017. Yahaira says she is a product of the organization’s mission and stands by its values. Prior to being the Chair, Guzman participated as a volunteer for University Leadership Network activities, served as Secretary for HYPN, and is a recent alumnae to the Mujeres de HACE Leadership program. Yahaira was recently named Chicago’s Top 40 under 40 by Negocios Now.
Yahaira is a Human Resources Generalist for Ventas, Inc and serves as the company’s HR Liaison for their Diversity Network. Formerly, Yahaira worked as a Sr. Employee Relations Specialist at JLL and has a diverse background supporting HR initiatives. Her employee resource group (ERG) involvement at JLL led her to serve as the National Membership Chair for the Latino Employee Resource Network’s (LERN) Advisory Board, increasing membership for the ERG in her tenure. As well as a member event coordinator for the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Business Network, and a Junior Achievement liaison to increase JLL’s visibility in diverse communities. Prior to JLL, Yahaira served as a community ambassador for domestic violence and sexual assault victims throughout Kane and Cook County. As a Legal Advocate with Sarah’s Inn and a Case Manager at the City of Elgin she facilitated training on social services, victims’ rights and the legal system to area schools and community agencies.
Her passion for professional development, empowering Latino youth, and women leadership comes from her unique blend of experiences within the public and private sector. Yahaira’s ambition to serve the community stems from the eagerness to replenish the community that has nurtured her since childhood. As a compassionate, confident, and adventurous individual, Yahaira has contributed greatly to HACE and the greater community. She is driven to be her best self and supports the dreams of others. This sense of self is surely attributed to her strong blond line of fearless Puerto Rican women.
Yahaira earned both her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy degrees from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Yahaira is a member of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., where she helped establish the first alumnae chapter (Phi Alpha) in Chicago, IL and served as undergraduate chapter (Epsilon) President at her alma mater.
Yahaira grew up in Elgin, IL. In her spare time, you will find her performing with a Latin dance team in Chicago, traveling with her fiancé, and designing DIY craft projects.