Evelyn is proud to serve the residents of the State of Illinois as their 47th Lieutenant Governor. She is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman.
Evelyn was born to teenage parents in Hialeah, a neighborhood outside of Miami, FL. Her mother was a Cuban refugee and her father, an Ecuadorian immigrant. Evelyn recalls moving frequently as a child because her parents were unable to afford rent. While they were of little means, her parents were determined to give Evelyn every opportunity to succeed.
Growing up, Evelyn developed a love for the arts. She learned how to play the piano at a local community center and was accepted into The New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Evelyn not only became an accomplished pianist, she cultivated a love for learning. This educational opportunity allowed her to pursue a college education at Florida International University.
Following graduation, Evelyn moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School where she developed an understanding and passion for the law and for Illinois. Evelyn soon joined Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s office as an Assistant Attorney General where she fought to protect the people of the State of Illinois.
In 2010, Evelyn suffered an accident while walking on Wheaton city property. Subsequent medical examinations revealed that she has Multiple Sclerosis. Evelyn vowed to never let her MS stop her. She proceeded to run for, and win, an election to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government.
As Lt. Governor of Illinois, Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She will apply the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, FL to becoming Illinois’ first Latina Lieutenant Governor.