Alvaro Macias arrived to the area as a child in 1987, when his parents decided to move from his native Mexico City to where his great-grandfather would live part of the year and where his grandfather was born – Moline. As an adult, he settled in Moline’s 2nd Ward in 2001.
Alvaro supports a government that is fiscally sound, that delivers on a level of service that is expected, and values economic development efforts that expand the city’s tax base and grow our population. He believes in working with community partners to improve and expand our amenities for residents and to drive future residents to choose our Moline.
Alvaro currently serves on the boards of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce - Finance Committee member, Economic Growth Corporation, a local and national leader in developing innovative and attainable housing opportunities, and Q2030. He also serves on the Program Coordination Committee for the Moline Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the Promotions Committee for the Downtown Bettendorf Organization, the St. Ambrose University Advisory Council on Minority Engagement and is a classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of the Heartland.
Alvaro has served as Chairperson for the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Leadership Council for The Network (QC Young Professionals Network), and participated in the QC Leadership Academy.
Education & Employment
Alvaro earned his Associate’s Degree from Black Hawk College and his Bachelor’s Degree in TV/Radio from St. Ambrose University. He began his career in local TV, radio and newsprint and transitioned into financial advising and ultimately the credit union industry. He is Vice President of Business Development at Ascentra Credit Union, where he works with area businesses and organizations to provide free Financial Wellness solutions for staff, clients and students. There, he also leads grant funded initiatives and community development outreach efforts.
Alvaro holds two industry certifications including the Credit Union Business Development Professional (CUBDP) and the Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designations. He has been a speaker and presenter in regional and national conferences. In 2017, he was selected as a Credit Union Times’ “Trailblazers 40 Below” and was featured in the trade magazine.
Family & Free Time
When they are not driving their three daughters around to their extra-curricular activities, Alvaro and his wife Jaclyn enjoy spending time with extended family, traveling, regional festivals, running in local 5k races, and visiting with friends and neighbors.