As Deputy Director for the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE) at DCEO, Alma M. Tello leads the economic development strategic plan for minority-owned businesses throughout the state of Illinois. A proud United States Air Force veteran, having served in Texas, Alaska and Kuwait, she is always looking for new ways to continue serving her country through public service. With over 10 years of experience in policy, economic and community development, and providing support to local innovators Alma is excited to support the vibrant minority business communities in Illinois.
Leading up to her work with OMEE, Alma was a Congressional Aide and Senate Aide to two members of Congress, where she advised on economic and community development priorities impacting veterans and minority groups. During the housing crisis, Ms. Tello assisted in analyzing loan modification and foreclosure trends, ensuring millions of homeowners had a fair chance at the Making Homes Affordable government program. Alma earned a master’s in Urban Planning & Policy with a concentration in economic development at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Loyola University. On her free time, Alma enjoys reading, traveling with her husband and daughter, as well as spending time with her family.