Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky endorses Ameya Pawar for city treasurer

CHICAGO (December 5, 2018)–Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) announced her support for progressive candidate for city treasurer Ameya Pawar on Tuesday.

“I am proud to endorse Ameya for city treasurer. He has shown himself to be a thoughtful leader that will move the the City of Chicago forward with innovative policies such as fighting income inequality with the creation of a public bank,” said Schakowsky. “ I trust him to use the office to stand up for the social and economic justice policies that working Chicagoans need.”

“I am grateful to be endorsed by Congresswoman Schakowsky, whose tireless devotion to improving the lives of working families has created an indomitable legacy that she continues to build upon every day,” said Pawar. “From defending immigrants to standing up for the labor movement, we are lucky to have Jan at the helm.”

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is a national progressive leader and has been an outspoken leader at the federal level for affordable housing, fair taxation, and a leading advocate for seniors, healthcare and the environment.

About Ameya Pawar
Ald. Ameya Pawar was first elected alderman in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. He is the first Indian-American and Asian-American elected to the Chicago City Council. As alderman, Pawar has focused his legislative efforts around social justice, worker rights, and economic justice, and has led on 12 major pieces of legislation, including tax-increment financing reform as well as legislation guaranteeing earned sick time, combatting wage theft, and protecting and preserving single-room occupancy housing units for Chicago's most vulnerable.

In his ward, Pawar launched GROW47, the City's first comprehensive initiative to link neighborhood schools to their neighborhood high schools. GROW47 is now GROWCommunity, a stand alone non-profit working with schools across the North Side.

In 2014, Pawar authored a textbook on the connections between disaster, poverty and a socially constructed narrative around deserving and undeserving populations.

Pawar has a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Missouri Valley College, a master's degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a two-time graduate from the University of Chicago with master's degrees in threat and response management and social service administration. Pawar is a US State Department Critical Language Program alum, a 2012 University of Illinois Edgar Fellow, and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business Chicago 40 under 40 in 2011. Most recently, he was named a 2018 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow. He is currently a Fall 2018 Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Pawar is also the Executive Director of One Illinois, a new non-profit news outlet focused on bridging the divides across race, class and geography in Illinois.

Pawar lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, Charna, and their daughter Sigalit and pitbull Baby.