Rahm Emanuel

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  • 55th Mayor of Chicago
  • White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama
  • U.S. Congressman (D-IL) (2003-09)


Rahm Emanuel served as the 55th mayor of the City of Chicago. Over his two terms, Mayor Emanuel led major investments across education, youth programming, neighborhood development, transportation, infrastructure, public health, and public safety.

Starting out his political career as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton, Emanuel went on to serve three terms in Congress, and as White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, giving him the unique ability to approach issues from a city, state and federal perspective. He shares prescient analysis on our future political landscape, as well as candid lessons on personal and professional success.

 

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<p>Former Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel’s book <em>The Nation City</em> makes the case for how mayors and local governments are running the world and leading us out of crisis</p>

Former Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel’s book The Nation City makes the case for how mayors and local governments are running the world and leading us out of crisis

RAHM EMANUEL’S remarkable government experience includes his two terms as Chicago’s mayor as well as his national experience as a Congressman and President Obama’s Chief of Staff.  This mix of experience provides a vantage point for compelling and insightful comparisons of local action versus national policy making, especially in the Covid era.  In his new book The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World Emanuel argues that cities are emerging as the new power centers as national power is in chaos and retreat. He has appeared on several shows during the pandemic offering his insights on how local governments are leading through crisis.  According to Emanuel, mayors tend to be less partisan and more creative, flexible and unencumbered to enact change and provide localized opportunities for jobs, education and welfare. The book was praised by the New York Times: “With its command of the details of urban governance and its manifest appreciation for what cities can offer, The Nation City helps us understand why Americans are increasingly looking to mayors for political leadership.”  Wall Street Journal claims that all of us, “even national leaders,” can learn from Emanuel’s book.  Audiences praise him for his “high dose of energy and good humor” while discussing America’s work at hand.

<p>Virtual Programming: Rahm Emanuel on the political landscape, and governing in times of crisis</p>

Virtual Programming: Rahm Emanuel on the political landscape, and governing in times of crisis

55th Mayor of Chicago RAHM EMANUEL has been in-demand for his shrewd analysis and insight into the evolving political landscape and governing in times of crisis. He's been a virtual guest on The View and PBS News Hour to discuss the 2020 election, engaged in a virtual conversation on the opportunity for leadership amid the coronavirus, and more. Emanuel's best-selling book The Nation City (2020), offers a firsthand account of how cities, rather than the federal government, stand at the center of innovation and effective governance, and -- at a time of anxiety about the effectiveness of the national government--Emanuel provides a clear vision, for both progressives and centrists, of how to get things done in America today. He was sought-out to discuss the book at Goldman Sachs and The Commonwealth Club

At speaking engagement, Emanuel shares prescient analysis on our future political landscape, as well as candid insights into key policy issues. Reviews from recent engagements include: "Your keynote remarks provoked a good bit of discussion and I thought the Q&A session started our event off with a high dose of energy and good humor." (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

<p>Rahm Emanuel in the news</p>

Rahm Emanuel in the news

With a storied political career spanning from Advisor to President Bill Clinton, to 55th mayor of Chicago, to White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, RAHM EMANUEL is relied upon for his experience and insights into the day's most pressing issues.  Catch his latest media appearances here.

6.30.2020 Emanuel Delivers Meals to Stroger Hospital 

5.5.2020  How will coronavirus impact the 2020 race?  |  ABC News

4.3.2020  Rahm Emanuel hits the road to feed critical workers during pandemic  |  Chicago Sun Times

4.2.2020  Emanuel Talks Biden Presidential Campaign, COVID-19 Pandemic  |  WBBM

3.31.2020  ‘The Nation City’ Review: The Strength of Mayors  |  The Wall Street Journal

3.22.2020  Assessing the Trump Administration's Response - ABC News/This Week

 

<p>Speaker Spotlight: Rahm Emanuel</p>

Speaker Spotlight: Rahm Emanuel

Political powerhouse RAHM EMANUEL served as the 55th mayor of the City of Chicago. Over his two terms, Mayor Emanuel led major investments across education, youth programming, neighborhood development, transportation, infrastructure, public health, and public safety. Starting out his political career as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton, Emanuel went on to serve three terms in Congress, and as White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, giving him the unique ability to approach issues from a city, state and federal perspective. At a time of anxiety about the effectiveness of the national government, Emanuel provides a clear vision, for both progressives and centrists, of how to get things done in America today. In his book The Nation City (2020), he offers a firsthand account of how cities, rather than the federal government, stand at the center of innovation and effective governance.

At speaking engagement, Emanuel shares prescient analysis on our future political landscape, as well as candid insights into key policy issues. Reviews from recent engagements include: "Your keynote remarks provoked a good bit of discussion and I thought the Q&A session started our event off with a high dose of energy and good humor." (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)

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Biography

Rahm Emanuel was 55th mayor of the City of Chicago.

After his election in 2011, Mayor Emanuel led major investments across education, youth programming, neighborhood development, transportation, infrastructure, public health, and public safety.

Over Mayor Emanuel’s tenure, Chicago’s students experienced record education gains, while the city led the nation in corporate relocations for five consecutive years and led the nation in foreign direct-investment for six consecutive years.

Mayor Emanuel also marked record progress in reducing Chicago’s structural deficit from $635.6 million in 2012 to $97.9 million for 2019 – the lowest it had been since 2007.

Previously, Mayor Emanuel served as White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Illinois’ 5th District, and was a key member of the Clinton White House.

He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children.