Groundbreaking Latina Politician Iris Martinez Passes The Torch To Successor

Education policy expert Cristina Pacione-Zayas is Martinez’s hand-picked successor to serve in the Illinois State Senate.

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Courtesy of Erikson Institute
cristina pacione-zayas
Courtesy of Erikson Institute

Groundbreaking Latina Politician Iris Martinez Passes The Torch To Successor

Education policy expert Cristina Pacione-Zayas is Martinez’s hand-picked successor to serve in the Illinois State Senate.

When Iris Martinez was elected the first Latina ever to run the Circuit Court of Cook County, she chose education policy expert Cristina Pacione-Zayas to succeed her in the Illinois State Senate.

Reset sits down with the two generations of Puerto Rican women leaders from the Northwest Side of Chicago to talk about passing the torch and what they both aim to achieve in their new roles.

GUESTS: Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Illinois state senator; associate vice president of policy at the Erikson Institute

Iris Martinez, clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County; former Illinois state senator