Kenny Martin-Ocasio was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1963, and was raised in Puerto Rico.
He came to Chicago at age 18 to resume his higher education and received his Bachelor in Arts, Special Education degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 1987. Shortly after, Kenny shifted his career interests pursuing work in the social service arena. Since, he has dedicated his career to working towards the professional, social, economic, and educational advancement of Latinos.
He has served as president of the DuPage Hispanic Task Force and co-chair of the Latino Consortium, working to advocate for pay differential for bilingual workers and for expansion and access of services for Latino families involved in the child welfare system. He has served as a member of the Illinois Latino Agenda, focusing on increasing the number of Latinos in policy shaping positions, and advocating for fair distribution of state resources to Latinos across Illinois. He also served as co-convener of the Latino Youth Action Coalition, comprised of youth service providers working to leverage resources for Latino youth services. As a representative of the community of Humboldt Park in the Cook County President’s Latino Advisory Council he worked to ensure the needs of Latinos are heard and addressed. And finally, as a board member of the Association of Latinos(as) Motivating Action, he fights for the equal rights of the Latino LGBT community.
Kenny served the least eight years as the Executive Director at Youth Service Project serving the at risk youth of the greater Humboldt Park area, making sure that Latinos are visible, relevant and influential. He holds a Masters in Science in Healthcare Administration and has completed coursework pre dissertation towards a Doctorate in Organizational Management and Leadership.