Ricardo (Ric) Estrada
Ricardo Estrada, 2001
Ricardo (Ric) Estrada was named President and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, one of Chicago's first and largest human services agencies, in March 2011.
has more than two decades of leadership experience in social services/human services, philanthropy and government bringing expert perspective to areas including strategic planning and management, program development, communications, fundraising and education.
also is a sought-after speaker, addressing national and local audiences on issues ranging from private/nonprofit partnerships to the future of philanthropy.
Prior to joining Metropolitan Estrada served as First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago's
Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS).
There he helped manage a $460 million budget, developing strategies to strengthen program services supporting Chicago's vulnerable families; focusing on children, youth, seniors and the homeless; as well as directing the department's Emergency Services Division.
Before that he served as Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, where his accomplishments included founding the Erie Elementary Charter School.
record of civic and community involvement spans two decades.
Most recently he
was appointed to the Chicago Early Learning Executive Council
and served on then Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel's
Transition Committee for Social Services and Healthcare.
Estrada was named a Trustee of the University of Illinois in January 2011.
In addition he serves as Vice President, Board of Directors, of Leadership Greater Chicago; Board member of the Woods Fund of Chicago; Board member of Erie Elementary Charter School; and member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committee, Emerging Leaders Program.
Estrada's awards include being named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and the Loyola University Chicago Latino Alumnus of the Year
, as well as receiving the City Club
of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership, and the University of Illinois
at Chicago City Partner Award.
In 2012 he
was honored by the Chicago Bears with an NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
received a Kellogg CEO Perspectives Fellowship in 2009.
also was selected as one of Crain's
Chicago Business' "40 under 40" in 2002.