Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa

Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa is a lifelong resident of Chicago having grown up on the Southwest side of the city. She is the Neighborhood Programs Director for Openlands where she brings a passion for community- based practices to the organization. Trained as a visual artist, Elvia’s work spans across the arts, health, and environmental fields with with the goal of supporting residents in creating local gathering spaces that have positive impact for people and nature. Before joining Openlands in 2012, Elvia was a Community Programs Coordinator at the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children (CLOCC) where she worked to connect Latino families to healthy, active lifestyle opportunities with a focus on Spanish language outreach.

Over the course of her career, she has participated in the Arts Midwest’s Minority Arts Administration Fellowship and is currently a Community Climate Fellow with the North American Association for Environmental Education. She was also named a Community Hero by the LISC Chicago New Communities Program for her work as Director of Community Programs for Pros Arts Studio in the Pilsen neighborhood.


  • B.A. in Fine Art from Trinity Christian College
  • M.A. in Inter Disciplinary Arts at Columbia College

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