Pawar announces campaign chairs in progressive treasurer bid

CHICAGO (November 29, 2018)–Days after filing more than 30,000 signatures to get on the ballot in his bid for city treasurer, Ameya Pawar announced his campaign leadership team today. The diverse group of Chicago community and business leaders will serve as ambassadors for the campaign, advise on critical issues, and help mobilize a grassroots effort to activate voters in neighborhoods across the city.

“Our campaign team will fuel our effort to enact a bold progressive agenda to harness the power of 2.7 million Chicagoans and invest in our neighborhoods and each other,” said Pawar. “Each person brings a unique perspective to help me address issues from growing inequality to misdirected neighborhood investment to racial and sexual identity. Together, we can make sure our city’s finances reflect our values.”

Campaign Co-Chairs:

  • Sol Flores — Founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte

  • Commissioner Bridget Gainer

  • Alderman Pat Dowell

  • Mridu Sekhar PhD. — President of Sidvim Inc.

  • Dilara Sayeed — Educator, vPeer.com Founder, Northwestern Univ Lecturer

  • Miguel del Valle — Former City Clerk of Chicago

  • State Senator-elect Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago)

The Pawar campaign also announced the hiring of Sean Coari as campaign manager as well as fundraising and political consultant Hanah Jubeh as strategic advisor. Jubeh has served in various senior positions for state Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and city Treasurer Kurt Summers. Most recently, she served as adviser and chief fundraiser for Attorney General-elect Kwame Raoul.

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.

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