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Manny Ozaeta


Manny Ozaeta is the Director of the Hispanic Technology Incubator, a new program established at 1871 in partnership with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In this role he serves as facilitator and mentor to Latinx entrepreneurs by curating tailored content that includes educational programming, access to funding, and technological support. 

Prior to leading the incubator, Ozaeta was the Director of Membership at 1871, where he supported the needs of active members.

Previously, Ozaeta was a Senior Communications Consultant at a boutique public affairs firm in Chicago, where his clients included, the Chicago Cubs, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Navistar among others.  He has also served as a legislative staffer in the United States House of Representatives.

Ozaeta has worked within the press and communication departments of the Office of the Mayor in Chicago, the British Consulate General in Chicago, and the Office of Senator Richard Durbin- IL, in Washington, D.C.

He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Northwestern University. A native Spanish speaker, he hails from Texas but now resides in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago with his two dogs.