Alfonso Vaca-Loyola, Data Analyst

Alfonso joined Kids First Chicago with a unique array of experiences in economic development, applied research, and business analytics. He recently earned his Bachelor’s in economics from Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. While completing his undergraduate degree, he interned as an analyst/researcher at ESPO Corporation, an engineering staffing company; RW Ventures, a regional economic development firm; the National System of Integral Family Development, a Mexican federal government agency; and Ekistic Ventures, a startup incubator based in Chicago’s 1871.

Before joining Kids First Chicago, he worked on a historio-economic report on predatory housing contracts against Chicago-bound African Americans during the Second Great Migration (1940-1970). In his role, he managed a team of researchers throughout the data-collection process, oversaw the data modeling and analysis, and will continue to present the results to various audiences, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. At Kids First Chicago, Alfonso strives to use his analytical skills and visionary enthusiasm to make quality education more accessible to every child.