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)
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.