President and CEO
Ric Estrada is CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. Since 2011 Estrada has helped the agency grow by 60 percent in revenue and families served.
Estrada has nearly three decades of leadership experience in human services, philanthropy and government. Prior to joining Metropolitan Estrada served as First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). Before that he served as Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, where his accomplishments included founding the Erie Elementary Charter School.
His civic and community involvement includes appointment to the Board of Trustees/ Director of the University of Illinois, Leadership Greater Chicago, the Woods Fund of Chicago, the Cook County Hospital and Health System, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Selection Committee, Emerging Leaders Program.
Estrada’s awards include being named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, receiving the City Club of Chicago’s John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership, the University of Illinois at Chicago City Partner Award, and the University of Chicago’s Inaugural 2014 SSA Social Impact Alumni Award. In 2013 he was named Leadership Greater Chicago’s “Distinguished Fellow” and “Person of the Year” by the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago. Estrada also was honored by the Chicago Bears with an NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award in 2012. In addition, he received a Kellogg CEO Perspectives Fellowship in 2009, and he was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ "40 under 40" in 2002.
Estrada’s educational background is grounded in social services and business, including an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Social Service Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.