Edgar Ramierz

Strategic Advisory Council Member

Edgar Ramirez joined Chicago Commons in 2010 as Associate Executive Director before being named CEO in 2013. As a community organizer in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood prior to joining Chicago Commons, Edgar led significant campaigns at Enlace Chicago and Erie Neighborhood House. He worked on issues such as leadership development, green space improvement, anti-violence campaigns, childcare income eligibility, immigration reform, and youth job development. Edgar has served on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s mayoral transition team ad-hoc committee focusing on the reopening of early education centers in light of COVID-19. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Elevate and the Latino Policy Forum. Edgar also serves on the Mayor Lightfoot’s Every Child Ready Chicago Working Group. Edgar is a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow (2016) and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He earned a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in Policy Analysis and Community Organizing, and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University.

Edgar also serves on the Early Childhood Design Committee at the Academy for Global Citizenship and excited to be serving as a Strategic Advisory Committee member. He looks forward to participating in the ambitious efforts of the Academy for Global Citizenship to catalyze the former LeClaire Courts site as a hub of education excellence, environmental awareness and positive community development.