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President and CEO

Roberto Carmona

  Roberto Carmona is Principal Consultant for Carmona Strategic Solutions (CSS).Roberto is a nationally recognized consultant, who has successfully executed on complex projects in the areas of leadership development, complex sales, strategy design, executive coaching, executive search, and organizational change projects for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, local governments, national nonprofits, community colleges, universities and hospitals. 

Roberto’s corporate experience includes serving as a strategy advisor for Sodexo’s successful bid to be the facilities management provider for Chicago Public Schools. As a result of his work with Sodexo, he joined them full time as their Director of Business Development in the Higher Education and Healthcare Technology markets. 

Roberto’s executive search highlights includes serving as lead consultant for the 2007 search process for the City of Chicago’s Superintendent of Police, the placement of four City College Presidents in 2011 and the placement of numerous executives for Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Other significant consulting engagements include working with the American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives to launch the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives and designing and executing on leadership development curriculums for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

His federal government experience includes overseeing national programs in partnership with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, in the areas, civil rights, workforce and economic development for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington DC.

Roberto is a thought leader and requested speaker in leadership development, and strategy. He has performed Stand-up Comedy at Chicago’s Second City and was selected in 2019, as a speaker on leadership and storytelling by the Illinois Humanities Council. Roberto serves as a guest writer for Hola America news and is a Commissioner for the Governor of Illinois’ Labor Advisory Board.

Roberto received a fellowship from the National Council of La Raza (now Unidos US) and completed a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and an Associate of Arts degree from Sauk Valley Community College. 

Roberto’s daughter Xochitl Carmona graduated from the University of Illinois and is alum of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and now an entrepreneur herself. His oldest Tonantzin, a Northwestern alum, recently served as Chief of Policy for the City Clerk for the City of Chicago, Director of the Office of New Americans in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago and served as Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in Washington DC. In May of 2019, Tonantzin started her new role as Special Assistant to the President/CEO of the Chicago Community Trust.