Hi. I'm Jaime Guzmán. I was raised in Little Village by a former Brazero (1963), Liborio Guzmán, and homemaker Sara (née Monroy). My fourth-grade educated parents raised five children in their three-bedroom bungalow at the corner of 25th Street and Sacramento Avenue. Four of those children went on to college, and all five children have contributed to a grandchild count of 11. As a child, I spent a lot of time at the Boys & Girls Club across the street from my parents’ home. Throughout my childhood, teenage and young adult years, I was a member of the Jalisco Fútbol Club in the Chicago Latin American Soccer Association (CLASA) league.
Between the years 2003 and 2005, I interned and volunteered at the Little Village Community Development Corporation (now Enlace Chicago), and The Resurrection Project in Pilsen.
In 2005, I had the privilege of working for an Alderman as an assistant. In 2006, I co-founded "B-Ball on the Block," an 11 week summer program. Each Friday, we would take over a troubled block in Little Village and galvanize positive community activities like basketball, art, and mentorship. The program has gone on to inspire other programs, like the city-wide program, Hoops in the Hood.
The success of the b-ball program led to me becoming the director of violence prevention for the Little Village Community Development Corporation (now Enlace Chicago). There, I oversaw the Cease Fire street intervention team, organized a support group for victims of domestic violence, and raised $75,000.00 to create a paid apprenticeship program for 35 teens on auto body work.
In my next role, I worked as a project manager at The Resurrection Project in Pilsen, a non-profit community development corporation. There, I focused on creating more technology opportunities for the community and working towards increasing digital literacy. The program, funded by the MacArthur foundation and lead by the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), obtained more than $300,000.00 in software grants for local non-profits in Pilsen, created a community website (the Pilsen portal), and developed a community plan on how to bridge the "digital divide."
I have worked in the Bronzeville area where I was a member of the economic development team at the Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC). I managed a program that provided facade enhancement grants and marketing dollars for local businesses. It also created place-making initiatives to beautify the area, to increase walkability and commercial traffic. I worked with Chicago Transit Authority to "adopt the station" (green line) at 47th Street. We culturally enhanced the train station with murals that were created by 30 youth that I and local artists led in a 10-week graphic design program.
In 2015, I worked with Cook County Commissioner, Jesús "Chuy" Garcia. I drafted legislation to place campaign contribution limits on political candidates to the office of County Assessor. I contributed to legislation to get big money out of politics, and contributed to the creation of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.
Recently, I have been working at the Pilsen Law Center. I spend my days fighting for injured workers, protecting them from insurance companies that refuse to pay them for the benefits such as their time off of work, their medical bills, and medical treatment.
Other facts about me:
I have a lot of love for artists (my wife and son are artists). I host free informational workshops for visual artists, musicians and writers: informing them about copyright and trademark law to protect their works. I taught myself to sew (I had a two year stint as a "designer," with a couple fashion shows under my belt, making mens accessories and leather bags). I earned a bachelor of arts degree from DePaul University, and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from Marquette University Law School. I live with my wife and our two children in Gage Park.