Meet Delia

Proven Leadership, Rooted in Community

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 our children.

In 2004, at only 21 years old, Delia became the Executive Director of Humboldt Park Social Services, now the Center for Changing Lives.

During Delia’s tenure, the agency served more than 2,600 households with food, shelter, clothing, housing and employment placement, financial counseling and other forms of assistance. She 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 on housing and financial stability programs.

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 school board, the Fight for 15, Automatic Voter Registration, a recipient in 2007 of 35 under 35 leadership award and La Raza Community Leader award in 2013- just to name a few of her accomplishments.

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 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. Her time is now focused entirely on preparing to take office in January 2019. 

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