The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities welcomes Edgar Ramirez, president and CEO of Chicago Commons, to its Board of Directors. Based out of Chicago, he joined Chicago Commons in 2010 as associate executive director. Experienced as a community organizer in the Little Village neighborhood, Ramirez has worked on a range of issues, including youth and parent leadership development, greenspace improvement, and anti-violence campaigns. In 2008, he became the advocacy and leadership director at Erie Neighborhood House, where he was instrumental in organizing staff and participants on behalf of issues such as child care income eligibility, comprehensive immigration reform, and job development for youth. He also served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University and currently serves on Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s Latino Advisory Committee and neighborhood planning groups. He holds a master’s from the School of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s from DePaul University. 

“Edgar’s inspired leadership to Chicago Commons’ staff, board and key constituencies and his efforts to promote sustainability and funding strategies for growth will be a strong asset to our Board of Directors,” noted Susan N. Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance. “We look forward to working with him to expand our influence, effectiveness, and reach on behalf of the thousands of dedicated human service leaders we serve.”

In addition, several board members were renewed for an additional term:

  • Father Steven Boes, national executive director of Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Boys Town, Nebraska
  • Richard J. Cohen, president and CEO of Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia
  • Molly Greenman, president and CEO of The Family Partnership in Minneapolis
  • Mary Hollie, president and CEO of Glenwood Academy, in Glenwood, Illinois
  • Debora Matthews, president and CEO of The Children’s Center of Wayne County, Michigan

View the full Alliance Board of Directors roster online.