Ricardo (Ric) Estrada is President and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, one of Chicago’s first and strongest human services agencies. Since arriving in 2011, Estrada has led an expansion of Metropolitan’s client base by 20,000 (currently totaling 63,000), while growing the agency budget from $32 million to $50 million. Under his leadership, Metropolitan became DuPage County’s lead Head Start agency, led successful efforts to fund an early childhood facility in the state’s highest need neighborhoods on Chicago’s Southwest Side, and launched agency-wide Lean Six Sigma training and other internal capacity initiatives.
Prior to joining Metropolitan, Estrada was 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 creating Erie Elementary Charter School.
Estrada is a Trustee of the University of Illinois, Fellow of the German Marshall Fund, and member of the Executive Council of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Early Childhood Task Force. He serves as Board Vice President of Leadership Greater Chicago, chairs the Finance Committee of the Woods Fund of Chicago, and is active on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Emerging Leaders Committee and Task Force on Immigration and Economic Competiveness.
Recent awards include being named the Leadership Greater Chicago 2013 Distinguished Fellow as well as receiving the City Club of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership. Estrada has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Masters in Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.