IN THE LOOP 10/20/2016

(TWITTER: @ChicagoDOT)

Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January 2014 with the direction to continue the critical work of making sure Chicago has a strong, vibrant, accessible transportation network.

Rebekah has a broad background in urban development issues, working in both the public and private sectors and in a variety of policy areas including transportation, infrastructure investment, housing, open space, and real estate.

In her first year at CDOT, she has led the City’s key transportation initiatives, including an unprecedented amount of street repair and resurfacing, and major capital investments such as the Chicago Riverwalk, The 606 and Bloomingdale Trail, Navy Pier Flyover, two new Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stations and improved bus service through the Central RLoop.

Rebekah was previously the Chief Planning Officer and a Senior Vice President at the CTA, where she handled the CTA’s strategic planning for major capital projects and new transit service.

She is an attorney, having worked previously at Mayer Brown, representing public and private sector clients on major infrastructure and transportation projects.

Rebekah also worked for East Lake Management & Development Corp. as a Senior Development Manager of mixed-income housing and for the New York City Parks Department as Director of Government Relations and Operations Coordinator.

A Chicago native, she has a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University and both her JD and MBA from Northwestern University.

(TWITTER: @AmaraEnyia)

Amara C. Enyia (ACE) is a PublicPolicy expert on both local policy and international affairs/foreign policy. She writes extensively on issues of education, community and economicdevelopment, and systems thinking. Dr. Enyia ran for Mayor of Chicago in the 2014 and has since been established as a thought-leader and top public policy consultant. Dr. Enyia is a regular radio contributor for “The Commentators” segment on WVON 1690 AM where she provides commentary on local, national and international policy and politics. She’s also a regular co-host on Aqui Estamos Spanish language radio where she discusses immigration policy and international affairs. She is a regular contributor to CUSP magazine and pens a regular column for the Austin Weekly News.

Dr. Enyia is a 2016-2018 Global Leadership Fellow with the Global Strategists Association. In this role she travels around the world engaging with policymakers and conducting workshops and seminars that address the most pressing policy issues through a global lens. 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 and workforce development. In addition to her role as a policy consultant, she also serves as Executive Director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce where she received a 2015 Innovation Award from the City of Chicago for her role spearheading innovating programs designed to create business and community accountability. She works as an education researcher, evaluator and policy advocate, served as Executive Director the nonprofit Austin Coming Together, 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 leverages her knowledge locally working with community groups and rganizations in some of Chicago’s most challenged communities.

Dr. Enyia serves on the Board of the Communities First Association, the Board of the Illinois Commission for Diversity and Human Relations, the African American Advisory Council for State of Illinois Comptroller, and serves on the Executive Leadership Team of 1919, an organization created for women in technology and entrepreneurship. She was named a 2014 “40 Under 40 Game-changer” by WVON and Ariel Capital Investments. She was also named as one of Today’s Chicago Woman “100 Women of Inspiration”. 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 Education Policy Studies where she specialized in education equity issues, legal remedies for school districts dealing with equity issues, and evaluation methodology. She is fluent in Igbo, Spanish, French, and Portuguese and maintains reading and writing proficiency in Italian.

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Cliff Kelley has distinguished himself as one of Chicago’s veteran talk show personalities and a well-respected thought leader on local, national and international affairs. Kelley brings a wealth of knowledge to his vast listening audience consisting of Chicago’s politicos, decision makers and community stakeholders. A native Chicagoan and attorney, Kelley has been active in Chicago's political arena for more than 30 years, serving in its city council for 16 years. He is a frequent guest on local, national and international issue-oriented television and radio programs. Kelley has been a host on Chicago’s urban talk/news powerhouse for nearly 20 years.