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Many Chicago neighborhoods require better access to city services. Chicago is one of 10 cities taking part in the Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps program. Through this program, the city is engaging with citizens to build and sustain resilience in low-income neighborhoods by updating its existing Clean and Green initiative.

Chicago has been a member of the Cities of Service Coalition since 2009, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed the Declaration of Service.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel has served as the 55th mayor of the City of Chicago since 2011. Emanuel previously served as the White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Chicago’s fifth district. He also served as a key member of the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as senior adviser to the president for policy and strategy.

Chief Resilience Officer Aaron Koch

Before his appointment to chief resilience officer, Koch worked as deputy commissioner in the City of Chicago's Department of Water Management. He previously served as a senior policy adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.