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Ricardo Estrada

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience

  • President and chief executive officer, Metropolitan Family Services (2011-present)
  • First deputy commissioner, City of Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services (2010-2011)
  • Executive director, Erie Neighborhood House (2003-2010); associate director (1997-2003)
  • Founder and board chair, Erie Elementary Charter School (2005-2009)
  • Program consultant, Orphanlink International (1997-1999)
  • Quality assurance consultant, Chicago Commons (1997)
  • Associate executive director, Latino Youth, Inc. (1996-1997); director of Child Welfare Services (1993-1996); interim director of Education (1994-1995)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Vice president, Board of Directors, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • Board member, Woods Fund of Chicago
  • Member, Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committee, Emerging Leaders Program
  • Illinois Childcare Advisory Council, Executive Committee
  • City coordinator, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Board member, Donors Forum of Chicago (2004-2011)
  • Board member, Latino Policy Forum (2008-2011)
  • Governor's Admissions Review Commission (2009)
  • Resource board, Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago (2005-2009)

Awards and Honors

  • Leadership Greater Chicago 2013 Distinguished Fellow
  • University of Illinois Alumni Association Alumni Five Awards--UIC City Partner Award
  • American Marshall Memorial Fellow
  • Loyola University Chicago Latino Alumnus of the Year
  • Chicago Council on Foreign Relations Konrad Adenauer Program
  • City Club of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership
  • Citibank Hispanic Heritage Award
  • NFL Hispanic Heritage Award, Chicago Bears
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs, Chicago chapter, Vision and Leadership Award
  • Crain's Chicago Business "Forty Under 40" Prominent Chicago Leaders
  • Corporate REsponsibility Group of Greater Chicago Person of the Year
  • Community Technology Centers Network, Chicago Chapter, Leadership Award
  • Ednica (Education for Street Children, Mexico City) Outstanding Foreign Volunteer Award
  • American Marshall Memorial Fellow


  • Northwestern University: The Corporate Leadership Center and the Kellogg School of Management, CEO Perspective Program (2009)
  • Certificate in Project Management, Loyola University, Chicago (2005)
  • M.B.A., Finance and Marketing, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Business Administration (1997)
  • A.M., Policy and Administration, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration (1993)
  • B.S., Psychology, Loyola University, Chicago (1989)

Party Affiliation