Jane Ramsey is a long time social justice activist, organizational strategist, trainer, organizer and educator. She has been at the forefront of many critical issues affecting Chicago and the nation, including organizing broad human and civil rights coalitions. In 2012, Jane formed Just Ventures LLC to foster strategic change, guide, develop and strengthen social justice organizations, coalitions and partnerships seeking progressive solutions. Also, Jane is Adjunct Professor and Field Consultant at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.
Jane brings extensive experience and commitment to her social justice consulting practice. For over three decades, Jane led the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) which combats poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities. She worked to support the empowerment and development of oppressed and impoverished communities tackling issues including immigration rights, police misconduct, voting rights, public and affordable housing, living wages, racism, Islamophobia, and bigotry in all of its forms.
Jane took a leave of absence in 1986 when she joined Mayor Harold Washington’s cabinet as Director of Community Relations. She has received numerous awards for her leadership on behalf of human rights including her inclusion in 2009 to the national “Forward 50” list.
Jane has a Master’s Degree from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis.