The Honorable Emma Mitts is a humanitarian, strong community advocate and a strategic, results-oriented individual who serves as the Alderman & Committeeman of the city's 37th Ward on the west side of Chicago. The role of an Alderman is to know the needs of their Ward, and address the critical issues by connecting the people to the proper resources. No one knows better how to service the needs of the people than Alderman Emma Mitts. For the past eleven (13) years Alderman Mitts has built a respectable reputation as a "public servant powerhouse" and has earned the admiration, respect and love of the people of the 37th Ward through her hard work and dedication. Always fighting for the under-dog, Alderman Mitts has championed the cause of uniting the people of her Ward to get things done for the betterment of the community.
Her philosophy and vision of "Unity In The Community"; is designed to
strengthen the diverse neighborhoods she represents by insuring that
everyone works together block-by-block and shoulder-to-shoulder to
effect positive change. Alderman Mitts is firmly convinced that by
working together, we can continue to bring positive changes in the
37th Ward. Through her commitment, the 37th Ward has improved
education, reduced crime, enhanced economic development,
promoted economic empowerment, provided much needed city
services, provided affordable housing as well as increased senior
housing in the 37th Ward.
Although the over-all quality of life has greatly improved in the 37th Ward, the new millennium has brought about some new challenges. Alderman Mitts is more determined than ever to make the 37th Ward a model ward for the rest of the city of Chicago. Alderman Mitts challenges her resident to take a more active role in their community and welcome her constituents to come see her with concerns, request and recommendations. Her community-focused open door policy is a recurring theme in her office and her transparency and availability is a rarity among elected public servants. Alderman Mitts’ mission to rebuild the 37th Ward is moving forward thanks to her efforts in several key areas, and her oversight of many projects designed to improve the quality of life since taking office.
Born June 12th, 1955 in Elaine, Arkansas, Emma Mitts hails from a close-knit and loving family which includes 15 children. During her early formative years, she quickly gained a deep appreciation, love and understanding of the importance of family. These values sustain her to this day, and form the foundation of her committed service to the community. A passion for academic excellence and human rights were always important in her household. Therefore, it stands to reason that Emma was one of the first African American students to integrate her high school in Barton, Arkansas graduating with honors. Emma attended Phillip County Community College (initially pursuing a career in Nursing), has taken courses in Business and Marketing from the University of Arkansas and has attended Triton College in nearby Melrose Park, Illinois.
Upon her arrival in Chicago, Emma got involved with city government. Emma was employed with the Department of Revenue as a Parking Aide, then with The Department of Streets and Sanitation as an Accounting Tech II. She was then promoted to Coordinator of Special Projects with the Bureau of Street Operations, becoming the first African American Woman to hold this position. Alderman Mitts worked several years with the Mayor's Workforce Development Program, a summer jobs program that introduces young people to the workforce. Alderman Mitts was a CAPS Facilitator in the 15th District, Block Club President, a Henry Horner Boys and Girls Club Sunday-School Instructor and President of the Community Action Council (a neighborhood organization).
Alderman Mitts was a founder of the Community Action Council serving as precinct captain, coordinator, director, vice president and president. She continues to represent this community by working with several community organizations including The New 37th Ward Democratic Organization, an organization created to help facilitate the various needs of the 37th Ward. The proud mother of a son and a daughter who are both successful products of the Chicago Public School System, Alderman Emma Mitts has resided in the same Austin community for over twenty years. Alderman Mitts is a faithful member of the1st Baptist Congressional Church for over 20 years, where The Reverend George Daniels is the Pastor.
Alderman Mitt's legacy of committed community service and activism is well noted, and she has received numerous awards and honors, including: The SOS Children’s Village Distinguished Community Leadership Award. 2008 Woman of Excellence Award from the Chicago Defender Newspaper, the Parren J. Mitchell Life Service Award from Black Contractors United (BCU), the Ilinois Action for Children (IAC) Community Service Award, and a Meritorious Service Award from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to name a few.
Finally, Alderman Emma Mitts is well-respected as a woman of vision, courage, integrity, compassion and a great leader. Alderman Mitts is a true Chicagoan, and with the continued support of the people of the 37th Ward, will continue to move the 37th Ward forward in Unity and in Love.