Evelyn Sanguinetti is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law, an Assistant Illinois Attorney General and a Wheaton City Councilwoman. She recently served as Illinois’ 47th Lieutenant Governor – the first Latina Lieutenant Governor in our nation’s history.
Sanguinetti was born in Hialeah, a neighborhood outside of Miami, Florida, to teenage parents – her mother a Cuban refugee and her father an Ecuadorian immigrant. While they were of little means, her parents were determined to give her every opportunity to succeed. Growing up, Sanguinetti 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. Sanguinetti not only became an accomplished pianist, but she cultivated a love for learning. This educational opportunity allowed her to pursue a college degree at Florida International University.