Day job: Executive Director, StreetWise, Inc.
Description: Jim LoBianco is the Executive Director of StreetWise, Inc., which serves the greater Chicago area by helping the homeless and those at risk of homelessness to rise out of poverty. Born and raised in Chicago, Jim began volunteering at a soup kitchen in Uptown while in high school. He attended graduate school for Human Services and Counseling at DePaul University and for Public Policy Administration at Northwestern. He has spent most of his professional career working in the areas of homelessness and poverty.
Jim’s work history includes stints at Association House of Chicago; Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago; and the Chicago Police Department. Before coming to StreetWise, Jim worked for Mayor Richard M. Daley as Deputy Chief of Staff for Human Services and then as Commissioner for the Office of Homeless Services. During his time with the city, Jim was instrumental in the Mayor’s Plan to End Homelessness.