Jane Ramsey is a long time community activist with a strong commitment to the achievement of social and economic justice. She has been at the forefront of many critical issues affecting the city of Chicago and the nation, including organizing broad coalitions on behalf of human and civil rights issues. In the fall of 2012, Ms. Ramsey formed Just Ventures LLC to support, promote and foster strategic change, to assist social justice organizations and initiatives to realize their visions and goals, and to help build broad coalitions, partnerships, and collaborations seeking progressive solutions.
From early 1979 through the fall of 2012, Ms. Ramsey led the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), which combats poverty, racism and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities. JCUA pursues social and economic justice for Chicago’s most vulnerable neighborhoods by promoting a vision of empowering communities from within. Ms. Ramsey’s leadership since 1979 enabled the JCUA to become one of Chicago’s most active and important organizations working on behalf of human and civil rights issues.
In addition to providing leadership training and public speaking, Ms. Ramsey serves as lecturer and field instructor for the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, teaching “Organizing Communities and Coalitions for Social Change” and “Multi-Cultural Understanding.”
Ms. Ramsey has and continues to serve on numerous boards and commissions. Currently she serves on the boards of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refuge Rights, CAN-TV, Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows, and The Shalom Center. Past service includes longtime co-Chair of the Justice Coalition of Greater Chicago, Board member of the Public Welfare Coalition, The Chicago Coalition to Protect Public Housing, and the Mayors Advisory Commission on Women’s Affairs.
Ms. Ramsey has a Master’s Degree (1976) from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree of Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis. A long-time resident of Chicago, she is married to artist Lewis Rice. Together, they have four children, Laura, Josh, Bari, and Brandon.