Robert was born in Little Village on the Southwest side of Chicago and moved to Berwyn in 2014 with his family. His parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico with the dream of making a better life for their family. They were often forced to work two jobs to make ends meet, and relied upon Robert’s aunt, Carmen Ruiz, to play an active role in his upbringing. As a social worker for the Salvation Army, Carmen instilled in Robert an appreciation for the value of community involvement and a passion for public service.
Robert’s family is deeply involved at St. Agnes of Bohemia, where he graduated from elementary school and then attended what is now DePaul College Prep. After putting himself through the University of Illinois at Chicago with the help of scholarships and student loans, Robert began his work in community organizing.
At the age of 20, he had a tremendous opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to help elect the city’s first Latino mayor in modern history, Antonio Villaraigosa as a community organizer. Continuing on his path to empower the community, Robert traveled to Washington D.C., where he served in the United States House of Representatives under Congressman Luis Gutierrez, in the congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Program; arming him with the knowledge and vision to serve. With Illinois pulling hard on his heartstrings, he was drawn back home to serve under Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, in the US Senate.
Robert is the Vice President of Realty of Chicago – a Berwyn based Real Estate firm. He helped craft a vision for the company that not only focused on success but on giving back to the community. They recently held their 4th Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway, where they helped more than 1,000 students get ready for school. They also held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to help families in need, in addition to donating thousands of dollars to undocumented local students.
As a husband and father, nothing is more important than the future of our state. Robert volunteers for several non-profit organizations and coaches his son’s Tee Ball Team in Berwyn.