Carlos Tortolero is the Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. That institution, which is currently celebrating its 26th anniversary, is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. From 1975-1987, Tortolero worked as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in Chicago public schools. He has served on numerous boards including the University of Illinois, the American Alliance of Museums, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Illinois Humanities Council, and Choose Chicago. He is the co-author of Mexican Chicago and has written articles for national and international publications. He has taught at the University of Illinois, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Northwestern University. He holds a B.A. in Secondary Education and History from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Bilingual Education Supervision from Chicago State University.