An Emerging Fellow of The Chicago Community in 2013, Delia has been a leader in neighborhood and city-wide coalitions for balanced neighborhood development, an elected representative school board, the Fight for $15, Automatic Voter Registration, a 2007 recipient of the “35 under 35” leadership award and La Raza Community Leader award in 2013—just to name a few of her accomplishments.
Delia Ramirez is an accomplished social service director, community leader and coalition builder who has dedicated much of her life and career to the Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities.
A daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Delia resides on the same block where she grew up – Central Park Avenue between North and Bloomingdale in Humboldt Park. A graduate of Sabin Magnet Elementary School in the eastern part of the district and Northeastern University, Delia recognizes the importance of public education and is committed to fighting for high quality, equitable education for all children.
In 2004, at only 21 years old, Delia became the Executive Director of Humboldt Park Social Services, now the Center for Changing Lives (CCL). During her tenure, Delia helped thousands of neighborhood families obtain housing stability through financial counseling and direct job placement. She also built the agency from a staff of six (and a budget of $189,000) in 2004 to a staff of 18 (and a budget of $1.2 million) by 2013. Today CCL is a city wide organization nationally recognized for its innovative work.
She has served as the Board President of Logan Square Neighborhood Association, District Advisory Chair of the 14th District Police Department, Co-Founder of the Chicago Justice for our Neighbors Free Immigration Clinic and is currently the President of LUCHA, a community development and affordable housing organization in the district. Up until December 2017, Delia served as Deputy Director of the Community Renewal Society, Chicago’s oldest faith-based social justice organization, where she oversaw the development, organizing and policy units. She is now full time on the campaign trail.
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