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Evelyn Diaz was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011 to lead the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services where she is responsible for administering an annual budget of $300 million to deliver social service programs to Chicagoans in need in the areas of children, youth, homelessness, domestic violence, aging, workforce development and human services. Annually the department serves over 300,000 residents.
Before joining Mayor Emanuel’s cabinet, Ms. Diaz was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff by former Mayor Richard M. Daley, serving as the Mayor’s liaison to the City’s human capital departments and overseeing initiatives related to poverty, jobs, and economic security. She was later appointed chief executive officer of a new quasi-governmental organization, the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, which was charged with addressing labor market shortages in key industries through a data-driven collective impact model.
Prior to working in the government sector, Ms. Diaz was Associate Director of the Chicago Jobs Council where she oversaw financial, administrative, policy, and program operations and coordinated Opportunity Chicago, a $23 million initiative to assist thousands of public housing residents gain employment.
Ms. Diaz has also worked as a direct practitioner providing individual and group counseling to domestic violence victims; managing programs for homeless women in shelter; and coordinating economic development initiatives and homeless, childcare, and domestic violence projects for Alderman Helen Shiller in Chicago's 46th Ward.
Ms. Diaz received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Ms. Diaz is a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader, and she serves on the governing boards of the National Skills Coalition, the Rebuilding Exchange and Chicago Tech Academy.