Prior to joining CBL, Mendez served as the budget analyst with Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell. Earlier, he worked as a policy analyst for City of Chicago Treasurers Kurt Summers and later Melissa Conyears-Ervin. At the Treasurer’s office, he helped pave the way for equitable and accessible financial programs in underserved communities.
Mendez brings a range of policy development experiences having helped craft legislative initiatives and budget priorities in Springfield and in Chicago’s City Hall as a budget and policy analyst for the Illinois State Senate. He also served as the lead staffer for the bipartisan, bicameral 2018 General Assembly Higher Education Working Group and worked to develop the State’s AIM HIGH Grant program, which was designed to encourage Illinois high school graduates to attend an in-state university by improving college affordability and reducing student loan debt.
In addition to his public service, Mendez volunteers as a mentor to high school students at Chicago Military Academy in Bronzeville, serves as Treasurer of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League and is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Mendez received his undergraduate degree in history from University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University. He is a 2020 New Leaders Council fellowship alum.