Chief Operations Officer
Carmen Vergara, RN-BSN, MPH, is Esperanza’s chief operations officer. She grew up in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, the daughter of diligent and hard working parents who encouraged her to aim high. Carmen began her career in health care as a medical assistant and later earned a Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has spent her entire health care career working for underserved communities. Recognizing the importance of Latinx representation within the health care profession and leadership landscape, Carmen makes time to coach and mentor young professionals. She is currently a proud board member of Firebird Community Arts and Open Center for the Arts.