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On January 1, 2011, Jim LoBianco became the Executive Director of StreetWise, Inc., which serves the greater Chicago area as a social enterprise designed to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness out of poverty. Jim was born and raised in Chicago’s Rogers Park community. While attending high school at Quigley Preparatory Seminary North, he began volunteering at a soup kitchen in Uptown. Since then Jim has spent the majority of his professional career working in the areas of homelessness and poverty. Jim attended graduate school for Human Services and Counseling at DePaul University, and also Northwestern University for Public Policy Administration.
His working history has included positions at: Association House of Chicago; Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago; and the Chicago Police Department. Just prior to arriving at StreetWise Jim worked for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, first as Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Services and then as Deputy Commissioner in charge of the Office of Homeless Services. During his time with the City Jim was instrumental in the Mayor’s Plan to End Homelessness.
Jim has been actively involved in civic and charitable volunteerism throughout his career. He currently holds board positions with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Franciscan Outreach Association, as well as being a member of the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness. In March 2011, Jim was appointed by Rahm Emmanuel to serve on the Social Services and Healthcare Committee of the Mayor-Elect’s transition team. Jim continues to advise Mayor Emanuel’s administration on issues of poverty and homelessness.