Amara Enyia

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Amara Enyia
Amara Enyia 2018.jpg
BornAmarachuka Enyia
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
ResidenceGarfield Park, Chicago[1]
EducationUniversity of Illinois (BS, JD, PhD)
  • Activist
  • community organizer

Amarachuku C. Enyia,[2] known as Amara Enyia, is an American politician, community organizer, and municipal consultant. She is currently director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in Chicago and Chief Executive Officer of ACE Municipal Partners, a municipal consulting firm.[3] Enyia is a candidate for mayor of Chicago in the 2019 election, and was previously a candidate in the 2015 mayoral election.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Enyia's parents were born in Nigeria and migrated to the United States in the 1970s.[6] She was born in Baltimore, Maryland and raised in University Park, Illinois, where she attended Crete-Monee High School.[4][6] She attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Master of Education in 2008, a law degree in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies in 2010.[6][7][8]


Enyia worked in the policy department of the Chicago mayor's office until the end of Mayor Richard M. Daley's term in May 2011.[4] After the fellowship, she worked as a community organizer in Chicago's West Side, and served as the executive director of Austin Coming Together, an umbrella organization that promotes coordination and collaboration between community and nonprofit organizations in Austin, Chicago.[9][4][10] She also founded ACE Municipal Partners, a consulting firm that works with municipal officials, and serves as executive director for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.[4]

From 2013 to 2016, she maintained a blog about local government affairs entitled "The Municipal Maven."[11][12]


2015 Chicago mayoral election[edit]

Enyia announced her candidacy for the 2015 mayoral election in February 2014.[13]

She withdrew from the race on December 9, 2014,[14] and endorsed Bob Fioretti the next day.[15]

2019 Chicago mayoral election[edit]

On August 28, 2018, Enyia announced that she would once again run for Chicago mayor in the 2019 election, at a campaign launch event in Bridgeport.[16][17][18] On October 16, 2018, she was endorsed by Chance the Rapper,[19] garnering significant attention for her campaign in local media[20][21][22][23][24][25][26] and national media.[27][28][29][30][31][32]

Enyia has expressed support for police reform, increasing budget transparency, investment in neighborhood development projects, and has proposed the creation of a public bank and the use of Community Benefits Agreements for large development projects.[33][26]

Due to her 2015 campaign not filing quarterly finance reports after it was suspended, she accrued $73,540 in debt that would have to be paid in order for her to appear on the 2019 ballot.[34] On October 22, 2018, Kanye West made a contribution of that exact amount to Enyia's campaign.[34][35] The campaign released a statement saying "The $73,540 debt to the Illinois State Board of Elections has been paid in full. The Amara Enyia campaign thanks Chicago native, Kanye West, for his generous action."[35]

Personal life[edit]

She currently lives in the Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago.[36] She has five siblings.[18] She is a triathlete and has competed in two Ironman triathlons.[25][36]


  1. ^ "Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia for Mayor of Chicago". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ "City of Chicago :: View Statements of Financial Interests for Independent Contractors 2018". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  3. ^ "Our Team | Austin Chicago Chamber". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  4. ^ a b c d e Erbentraut, Joseph (2014-04-02). "This 30-Year-Old Community Organizer Thinks She Can Beat Rahm Emanuel". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  5. ^ "Meet Amara – AMARA". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  6. ^ a b c Joravsky, Ben. "Amara Enyia runs for mayor! Wait, who?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  7. ^ Enyia, Amara. "Amara Enyia - LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
  8. ^ C., Enyia, Amarachuku (2011-05-25). When good faith is not enough: Ensuring education equity during and after legal intervention (Dissertation thesis). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  9. ^ "'Austin Coming Together' brings together neighborhood at new headquarters on Chicago's west side | IFF". IFF. 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  10. ^ "Austin Coming Together getting a new leader". AustinTalks. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  11. ^ "El Beisman". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  12. ^ "Wayback Machine". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  13. ^ Lydersen, Kari (2014-02-20). "Who's Afraid of Rahm Emanuel?". In These Times. ISSN 0160-5992. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  14. ^ "Amara Enyia's Withdrawal Reflects the Ongoing Reality of Chicago Politics". Gapers Block. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  15. ^ "Amara Enyia drops out of mayoral race". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  16. ^ staff, Chicago Tribune. "Morning Spin: Amara Enyia marks 11th challenger to enter crowded race against Mayor Rahm Emanuel". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  17. ^ "Amara Enyia Takes Aim at Emanuel in Second Bid for Chicago Mayor". WTTW News. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  18. ^ a b "Amara Enyia: Continuing to Challenge the Status Quo". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  19. ^ "(Press Release) Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia for Mayor – AMARA". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  20. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Chance the Rapper endorses Amara Enyia for mayor". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  21. ^ Ruthhart, Bill. "Chance the Rapper brings his star power to a long-shot campaign, backing Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  22. ^ "Chance the Rapper endorses Amara Enyia to be Chicago's next mayor". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  23. ^ "Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia for Mayor of Chicago". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  24. ^ Wall, Craig (2018-10-16). "Chance the Rapper endorses Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor". ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  25. ^ a b "Chance The Rapper Endorses Activist Amara Enyia For Chicago Mayor". Block Club Chicago. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  26. ^ a b "Chance the Rapper's Mayoral Endorsement Is a Pretty Big Deal". Chicago magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  27. ^ "Chance The Rapper endorsed Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor. Here's what she stands for". Newsweek. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  28. ^ Richards, Kimberley (2018-10-17). "Chance The Rapper Endorses Chicago Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  29. ^ "Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia for Chicago Mayor | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  30. ^ "Chance the Rapper Isn't Running: Your Tuesday Pop Culture Cheat Sheet". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  31. ^ Hyman, Dan (2018-10-16). "Chance the Rapper Endorses Amara Enyia in Chicago Mayoral Race". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  32. ^ "Chance the Rapper Endorses Activist Amara Eniya For Chicago's Upcoming Mayoral Election". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  33. ^ "Chicago's deadly summer". The Guardian. 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  34. ^ a b Ruthhart, Bill. "Kanye West gives $73K to Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, who is backed by Chance the Rapper". Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  35. ^ a b "Kanye West Makes Donation in Chicago Mayoral Race". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  36. ^ a b "Who is Amara Enyia?". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

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