President and CEO
Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County
Empowered by seeing and helping others advance Jessica Cavazos, was named one of Wisconsin's 29 most powerful Latinas in 2017 by Madison365. This President and CEO, of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, feels fortunate to have an opportunity to be a change agent, enhancing the quality of life and transforming communities by creating access to economic wealth, inclusion and revitalization. She believes economic growth is the most powerful tool in reducing poverty.
Latinapowerhouse, Jessica has climbed up professionally through the political arena, starting as a scheduler to being a former Congressional Liaison, for congresswoman Gwendolyn Moore, who has had a great impact in her life. After leaving government to become an executive director of the Volusia County Chamber of Commerce, Jessica came back home to start her own company,the Eleva Group Inc. A Milwaukee based firm whose mission is to create sustainable communities through effective Private/Public partnerships.
As a strong spokesperson for the underserved community in Wisconsin, Jessica was named UMOS Hispanic Woman of the Year in 2012, also awarded the Key to the Latino Community in Milwaukee and named Community Leader of the Year at Madison's Herencia Hispana awards 2017. Since 2005, Jessica has been part of founding mothers of several associations that advocate for political activism, civic leadership, and the inclusivity of Latinas in Leadership. Jessica also serves as the Vice-Chair of UW-Systems, Diversity and Equity Council, Board member of Dane BuyLocal, and has taken on a new role as a co-host WI-57 Television Station's Girl Talk and recently started a local chapter of LULAC.
Jessica attributes her humble upbringing, to strong female role models,a loving family and amazing partner Temo, and children, Kaled (2), Soleil(7), and Aidan(13), as the foundation that helps her lead and empower others with purpose. Jessica has a A.A in Broadcasting, B.A in Business Administration, and a Certificate on Latino Nonprofit Leadership from UW-Milwaukee.