Maria Mangual

Maria T. Mangual, 63, passed away August 9, 2007 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chicago, IL. She leaves behind a devoted husband Ricardo Mangual, two daughters Marisol Mangual and Vanessa Greenwald, and two granddaughters Julia and Riley, as well as her sons-in-law Joel Root and Jonathan Greenwald. A native of Texas, María came to Chicago to further her studies, and immediately became an active advocate for the city's Latino community. After attending a Midwest women's conference her awareness of the power of women working together was heightened, as was her passion to serve the cause of women, girls and families. María Mangual's vision to meet the needs of Chicago Latinas was the spark that fueled the fire that would eventually become Mujeres Latinas en Acción. Despite facing many challenges, she and fellow founding members leveraged their contacts and resources, tapped their creativity, and faced political battles and social stigmas to open Mujeres in 1973. Her work was pivotal in creating a voice for Chicago's Latinas and solidifying an identity for women and girls in the community. Today, the agency serves as a beacon for Latinas serving over 8,000 community residents annually. María worked with women's foundations and non-profit organizations in many different capacities. She served as the Executive Director for Mujeres Latinas en Acción, the Director of Development for the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) and Director of Development for the Chicago Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). She was also a volunteer and sometimes consultant with Semillas, a Women's Foundation in Mexico City and Frontera Women Foundation which she helped organized in El Paso, Texas. María Mangual served as the Board Chair of the Chicago Foundation Women where she pioneered the development of innovative and new methods of engaging women from communities of color in programming and fundraising initiatives such as the Leadership Council. Her hands-on style brought her back to CFW as Director of Development where she excelled both as a professional Fund Raiser and a programming expert. María served as board member of several organizations, including Life Directions, the ACLU of Illinois, The Chicago Reporter, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, CFW, Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy, Chicago Latinos in Development, and the national board of the Women's Funding Network. María Mangual received numerous awards including the 2006 Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005 NBC Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2002 Benjamin Franklin Award for Philanthropy, the National Museum of Mexican Arts Sor Juana Award, Outstanding Leadership awards from The Women's Funding Network and Mujeres Latinas en Acción, as well as Public and Community Service Awards from MALDEF, Mexican American Lawyers Association and the Latin American Bar Foundation. María was also included on one of Today's Chicago Woman 100 Influential Women lists. A memorial service will take place at Mujeres Latinas en Acción on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 2 p.m. Mujeres is located at 2124 W. 21st Place, Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to one of the following charities: Chicago Foundation for WomenMujeres Latinas en Acción One E. Wacker Drive # 16202124 W. 21st Place Chicago, IL 60601Chicago, IL 60608 ATTN: Maria Mangual MemorialATTN: Maria Mangual Memorial "Our fighting days are not behind us - but once again ahead of us. This will require cross-generational efforts …. We need to insure that we remain vigilant to protect these rights for our daughters and granddaughters." --- Maria Mangual

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Published by Chicago Tribune from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 2007.
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Maria was a beacon of light for so many women, including myself. She lit the way for so many young women and helped us all reach our greatest potential. Mujeres Latinas en Accion and Maria Mangual hold a special place in my heart. My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out to her family.
Josie Vargas-Cantarelli
February 4, 2008
Maria had the heart of a warrior, the dignity of a queen and the humility of a saint. She was a rare gift to the world. I will miss her indeed. My prayers are with her family.
Beverly Nachtrieb
September 3, 2007
Maria and I served together on the Board of the Chicago Foundation for Women. My sincerest condolences are with her family as they grieve.
Coni Batlle
August 25, 2007
I want to express my deepest sympathy to Maria's family on their loss. Maria worked passionately to make this world, and especially Chicago, a better place. She leaves behind an inspiring legacy for us all.
Robin Tryloff
August 22, 2007
All of us at Women Employed send our deepest sympathy to Ricardo and his family. Maria made many extraordinary contributions to the empowerment of women in Chicago; so many have better lives because of her. We salute her quiet determination and generous spirit. She will be sorely missed.
Anne Ladky
August 21, 2007
We will greatly miss marvelous Maria, a great leader, and a kind, caring, and dedicated advocate.
John and I send out deepest symapthy to the lovely family she has left behind, and know that her legacy will continue.My years as a trustee of CFW were better for having worked with Maria.
Carol Prins
August 21, 2007
Maria lives on the hearts of many --across the Chicagoland area and beyond. She represents strength, determination, poise and generousity. Her calm spirit will be remembered for many years to come.
Gwen Cohen
August 21, 2007
We are looking forward to celebrating Maria's life with Ricardo, Marisol and everyone on September 8th in Chicago. Love to all, Adrian & Heather
Adrian Casas
August 19, 2007
Well, losing Maria is a real shame. Karen and I will truly miss her. She was a social pioneer in all aspects of her life. We're so glad she got the chnace to reconnect with her roots toward the end. Chicago will truly miss her presence. Our hearts go out to Ricardo and the rest of her family.
Jim Troxel
August 19, 2007