Amara Enyia

Amara C. Enyia (ACE) is a public policy consultant and writes extensively on issues of community and economic development, public policy, and systems thinking. Dr. Enyia is a regular radio contributor for “The Commentators” segment on WVON 1690 AM where she provides commentary on local, national and international policy and politics. She’s also a regular co-host on Aqui Estamos Spanish language radio where she discusses immigration policy and international affairs. She is a regular contributor to CUSP magazine and pens a regular column for the Austin Weekly News.

Dr. Enyia leverages years in municipal government experience in several policy areas including: economic development, education, public safety, housing, food security and food access, community development, business development and workforce development. In addition to her role as a policy consultant, she also serves as Executive Director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She has worked as an education researcher, evaluator and policy advocate, served as Executive Director the nonprofit Austin Coming Together, and worked as a policy director in the advanced manufacturing sector around large-scale development projects, workforce development education, and community-driven economic development. Dr. Enyia leverages her knowledge locally working with community groups and organizations in some of Chicago’s most challenged communities.

Dr. Enyia serves on the Board of the Illinois Commission for Diversity and Human Relations, the African American Advisory Council for State of Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger, and serves on the Executive Leadership Team of 1919, an organization created for women in technology and entrepreneurship. She received Bachelors degrees in Broadcast Journalism, Political Science, and News Editorial with concentrations in History and Philosophy. She also received a law degree focusing on International law and development as well as contracts and negotiations. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and received a PhD in Education Policy Studies where she specialized in education equity issues, legal remedies for school districts dealing with equity issues, and evaluation methodology. She is fluent in Igbo, Spanish, French, and Portuguese and maintains reading and writing proficiency in Italian.

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