Dr. Amara Enyia
2015 Women Leadership Award Recipient
Amara C. Enyia (“ACE”) is a municipal consultant and public policy expert across policy areas. Dr. Enyia ran for Mayor of the City of Chicago in the 2015 municipal election. Prior to her run she served as the Chief Executive Officer of ACE Municipal Partners LLC, a full service municipal consulting firm that works with small and mid-sized cities in the Chicago/NW Indiana area. She’s also the founder and lead author of the blog “The Municipal Maven”, which features the intersection of politics, policy and the public through the lens of municipalities.
Dr. Enyia leverages years in municipal government experience in several policy areas including: economic development, education, public safety, housing, food security and food access, community development, business development, workforce development, and public/private partnership structuring. She has worked as an education researcher, evaluator and policy advocate, served as Executive Director of a non-profit organization, and worked as a policy director in the advanced manufacturing sector around large-scale development projects, workforce development education, and community-driven economic development. Dr. Enyia’s work is informed by extensive international experience via years spent traveling to every continent and studying municipalities comparatively. She leverages her knowledge locally working with community groups and organizations in some of Chicago’s most challenged communities.
She writes extensively on issues of community and economic development, public policy, and systems thinking. Dr. Enyia is a regular radio contributor for “The Commentators” segment on WVON 1690 AM where she provides commentary on local, national and international issues. She is also a regular contributor to CUSP magazine. Dr. Enyia serves on the Board of the Illinois Commission for Diversity and Human Relations. She received Bachelors degrees in Broadcast Journalism, Political Science, and News Editorial with concentrations in History and Philosophy. She also received a law degree focusing on International law and development as well as contracts and negotiations. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and received a PhD in Educational Policy Studies where she specialized in evaluation methodology. She is fluent in Igbo, Spanish, French, and Portuguese and maintains reading and writing proficiency in Italian.