About Founder/CEO Amara C. Enyia, JD PhD

Amara Enyia headshotDr. Enyia founded ACE Municipal Partners LLC after several years working at the top level of city government as well as leading a grassroots community development organization.

She was also influenced by years spent traveling abroad and witnessing the infrastructural challenges facing small to mid-sized cities in developing countries.

She became convinced that everyone, everywhere, deserves a high quality standard of living and that successfully partnering with municipal leadership and understanding the nexus between high-level policy-makers and the grassroots can uncover innovative strategies and fresh energy that drives transformation.

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, workforce development, and public/private partnership structuring.

Dr. Enyia writes extensively on issues of community and economic development, public policy, and systems thinking.  She developed the ACE Model of Community Development – a systems-based development model she established while serving as Executive Director of a community-based organization on Chicago’s West Side.

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 Educational Policy Studies where she specialized in evaluation methodology. She is fluent in Igbo, Spanish, French, and Portuguese and maintains reading and writing proficiency in Italian.


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