Constituent Spotlight: Jay Readey
Flossmoor resident named Presidential Leadership Scholar
Flossmoor resident Jay Readey will soon learn advanced leadership skills from former presidents that will help him bring about positive change within our Chicagoland communities.
Nominated by Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Readey was one of only 60 people chosen from a competitive field of 900 candidates nationwide to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Through the program, Readey will attend a series of six weekend sessions across the country and hear lectures by former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as nationally recognized professors from universities across the United States.
“I am truly honored to have been selected for this tremendous opportunity,” Readey said. “I hope to take as much away from this experience as possible and use it to better our communities.”
Readey is the executive director of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which provides legal services in the areas of fair housing, employment discrimination, and educational equity. He is currently working on a project called Innovation Houses and Opportunity Hubs, which will work to provide housing and job opportunities to improve struggling communities.
“I hope that through the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program I am able to raise interest of my current project in order to reduce violence and create stability within our communities,” Readey said.
Readey believes that his project’s vision to improve safety and employment levels within Chicagoland communities played a crucial role in his acceptance to the program.
“I have no doubt that this opportunity will allow Jay to further develop his leadership talents and go on to become an exceptional leader,” Rep. Kelly said.
A graduate of Yale University, Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, Readey previously operated as a social entrepreneur, consultant and lawyer in private practice, specializing in non-profit social enterprises. He founded and served as CEO of MetroAlliance, a consultant for nonprofit agencies and community building strategies, and served as board president of NeighborScapes, an organization that funds summer job programs for disadvantaged youth. He also provided legal services for Metro Home Services, a neighborhood development program that creates affordable housing and dynamic metropolitan communities. Readey is also publisher of RaceandPoverty.org, co-chair of the Southland Human Services Council, and an active board member of South-Southwest Suburban United Way.