Executive Director

Celena Roldán-Moreno

Celena Roldán-MorenoCelena Roldán-Moreno began her tenure at Erie Neighborhood House in 2001 as the Social Worker and Disabilities Coordinator and then became Director of Child Care in 2006. She entered her current role in 2010, making her the eight executive director since Erie House's incorporation in 1915. Celena brings with her notable and exemplary experience as a leader in the Latino community. Not only has she advocated on behalf of working families, but she has also worked with many elected officials throughout Chicago, the State of Illinois and members of Congress to ensure that working families are given equal opportunities for child care and career enhancement. 

Celena was selected to serve on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Education Transition team, the Mayor’s Early Childhood Task Force and also as one Leadership Greater Chicago fellow in 2011, participating in an intensive leadership training and partnership-building program that examines some of the key issues facing the Chicago metropolitan area. In 2008, Celena was selected as the Erie House Emerging Leader for the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Program with 90 other emerging leaders from organizations nationwide that received the 2008 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award. Most recently she was appointed as a member to the National Board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and to the City of Chicago’s Community Development Commission.

Additionally, Celena has been an eight-year member on the advisory board of the Inspiration Corporation, a nonprofit organization that helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training, placement and housing. As a previous full-time board member, Celena helped to facilitate the planning, organization and final completion of one of the first non-profit business mergers in Chicago. 

Commitment to Service

Dedicated to the community, Celena is also involved with a number of other programs, including the following:

  • National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Board Member
  • City of Chicago Community Development Commission, Member
  • Illinois Action for Children, Board Member
  • Erie Elementary Charter School, Board Member
  • Chicago Coalition for Site Administered Child Programs, Co-chair
  • Illinois Department of Human Services’ Child Care Advisory Council, Member
  • McCormick Early Childhood Policy Fellows, Member
  • Early Childhood “Acuerdo” of the Latino Policy Forum, Member
  • Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola, Advisory Board Member
  • Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Member

And Celena’s commitment doesn’t stop there, as she has made a number of public speaking appearances as a panelist for the following events:

  • Voices for Illinois Children Kids Count Symposium, "Building Better Lives for Generations of Illinois Children”
  • Latino Policy Forum symposium on Latino Early Care and Education, "Transforming Early Learning: Educational Equity for Young Latinos"
  • University of Chicago Chapin Hall's Thursday's Child Seminars, "Location, Location, Location: Combating Urban Poverty through Place-Based Initiatives"  

She has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Hoy, and Extra; has been highlighted on ABC 7’s Hispanic Heritage Month feature; and has had several appearances on Comcast Newsmakers.


Celena holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University, as well as a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


“Adapting our programs to the changing needs of families is at the core of our sustainability.”

— Celena Roldán-Moreno,
Executive Director

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