Ameya Pawar

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Ameya Pawar
Alderman Pawar Speaking at the Dedication of Honorary Lee Sandlin Way cropped.png
Member of the Chicago City Council
from the 47th ward
In office
May 16, 2011 – May 20, 2019
Preceded byEugene Schulter
Succeeded byMatt Martin[1]
Personal details
Born (1980-04-22) April 22, 1980 (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMissouri Valley College (BA)
Illinois Institute of Technology (MPA)
University of Chicago (MS, MA)

Ameya Pawar (born April 22, 1980) is an American politician who served as the alderman for the 47th Ward of the City of Chicago.[2] He was first elected in the 2011 municipal elections, and was elected to a second term on February 24, 2015.[3] Pawar's 2015 re-election was secured with over 82% of the vote, the largest margin in the election cycle.[4] Pawar is the first Indian American and Asian American in Chicago City Council history.[5]

He was a candidate for the Democratic primary for Governor of Illinois for the 2018 election, but dropped out on October 12, 2017, citing a prohibitive lack of campaign funds.[6][7] He did not run for re-election to City Council in 2019, and instead was a candidate for City Treasurer of Chicago.[8][9] He advanced to the run-off in that election, but lost to Melissa Conyears-Earvin.

Early life and career[edit]

Prior to his election, Pawar worked at Northwestern University in the Office of Emergency Management.[citation needed] At Northwestern, he was responsible for the development of a university-wide business continuity program.[citation needed] While working at Northwestern, he and two of his classmates from the University of Chicago were awarded a contract from Taylor and Francis to write a textbook based on their work in emergency management.[10] The textbook was released on December 29, 2014. The textbook is based on a model he developed with two of his classmates at the University of Chicago's MSTRM program, called Social Intelligence. Their work calls for the real-time aggregation of data to develop composite views of communities to better inform emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery activities. Pawar and his co-authors have presented their work at annual Federal Emergency Management Agency conferences and other national conferences. He holds an MS in threat and response management from the University of Chicago, an MA in social service administration from the University of Chicago, and a master's degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

In 2009, Ameya was a U.S. State Department Scholar. In 2011, Pawar was named to the Crain's Chicago Business 40 under 40 list. He was also recognized by the New Leaders Council as an emerging leader under 40 in 2011. In 2012, he was named an Edgar Fellow by the University of Illinois.

Chicago City Council[edit]


In December 2012, Pawar introduced an ordinance creating an Office of Independent Budget Analysis. This proposal would create an office which would provide the city council with independent analysis of privatization efforts and the annual budget. New York City and Pittsburgh have similar offices. In August 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his support behind Pawar's budget office proposal and the proposal passed in December 2013.[citation needed]

In April 2013, Pawar introduced the TIF Accountability ordinance. This ordinance passed City Council in July 2013.[citation needed]

In April 2016, Pawar introduced the Earned Sick Time ordinance with a coalition of aldermen and advocacy groups. The ordinance passed in June 2016 and took effect on July 1, 2017.[citation needed]

In 2018, Pawar introduced legislation to pilot Universal Basic Income in the City of Chicago. Pawar was named chair of Mayor Emanuel's Resilient Families Task Force which will explore a universal basic income pilot, modernization of the earned income tax credit, and other policies. The task force is supported by the Economic Security Project.

Committees and task forces[edit]

Pawar serves on the following committees in the Chicago City Council:[citation needed]

  • Public Safety
  • Economic, Capital and Technology Development
  • Zoning, Landmarks and Buildings Standards
  • Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
  • Committees, Rules and Ethics

In 2014, Mayor Emanuel appointed Pawar to the Minimum Wage Working Group. In 2015, Pawar was appointed co-chair of the Working Families Task Force.

Pawar sits on Chicago's Open 311 Steering Committee.[citation needed]

2019 City Treasurer campaign[edit]

On October 29, 2018, Pawar announced his intention to run for Chicago treasurer.[8] Pawar won 41.59 percent of the vote in the February 26, 2019 general election, forcing a runoff with Melissa Conyears-Ervin, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, who won 44.26 percent of the vote. but she had less than 51 percent of the vote, which led to a April 2 runoff. Pawar lost again to Conyears-Ervin in the runoff, receiving 40.62 percent of the vote.

2019 Chicago Treasurer election[11][12][13][14]
Candidate First round Runoff
Vote % Vote %
Melissa Conyears-Ervin 225,385 44.26% 296,293 59.38%
Ameya Pawar 211,759 41.59% 202,714 40.62%
Peter Gariepy 72,068 14.15% N/A N/A
Write-in 4 0.00% N/A N/A

Other political roles[edit]

In 2011, Governor Pat Quinn appointed Pawar to the Illinois Innovation Council. Pawar is the only elected official on this statewide council. In 2013, Quinn appointed Pawar to the Asian American Employment Plan Council.

Pawar was listed as a surrogate for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.

While running for office, he created an iPhone application named Chicago Works. This app enabled Chicago residents to make service requests from their iPhone.[15]


  1. ^ "Chicago Election Results: Mayoral Runoff 2019". WBEZ. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "City of Chicago :: Ward 47". City of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  3. ^ Wetli, Patty (24 February 2015). "Ameya Pawar Wins 47th Ward Election with 83 Percent of Vote". DNAinfo Chicago. Archived from the original on 25 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ "February 24, 2015 Election Proclamation of Results" (PDF). Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. ^ Eldeib, Duaa (10 November 2012). "Duckworth the first Asian-American from Illinois in Congress". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 January 2017. Last year, Chicago's first Asian-American alderman, Ameya Pawar, an Indian, was elected in the 47th Ward.
  6. ^ Marin, Carol (3 January 2017). "Exclusive: Ald. Ameya Pawar Throws First Official Hat in Democratic Ring for Illinois Governor". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  7. ^ Spielman, Fran; Sfondeles, Tina. "Citing lack of money, Ald. Ameya Pawar drops out of governor's race". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b Byrne, John. "Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar announces run for city treasurer". Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  9. ^ "Ameya Pawar for Chicago Treasurer". Ameya Pawar for Chicago Treasurer. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  10. ^ Pawar, Ameya; Epstein, Charna R.; Simon, Scott C. (2015-01-01). Emergency management and social intelligence: a comprehensive all-hazards approach. ISBN 978-1-4398-4797-8.
  11. ^ "Election Results 2019 Municipal General - 2/26/19". Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  12. ^ "2019 Municipal Runoffs - 4/2/19". Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Municipal General Election February 26, 2019 Summary Report City of Chicago, Illinois" (PDF). Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Municipal Run-Off & Supplementary Aldermanic Elections April 2, 2019 Official Summary Report City of Chicago, Illinois" (PDF). Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  15. ^ "New App Allows Chicago Residents To Utilize 311 Service". 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2019-03-02.