Since earning a B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona, Diana Hinojosa has dedicated the greater part of her professional efforts to social service and improving the lives of people in Chicago’s Southwest, Westside, and Lower Westside communities. From teaching at Kennedy-King College, to managing an after-school program, and assisting small business owners, she has been a visionary committed to helping those in need. She joined the ESDC team in 2015, and came on board as a grant writer with a focus on compliance and program management. Along with ESDC team member Jaime Garza, she also built the Pilsen Quarterly from the ground up—an ESDC publication through which the triumphs and struggles of local business owners are featured. After a 3-year hiatus, she has once again joined the ESDC team as director of grants and compliance.