Melissa Conyears-Ervin

 

City Treasurer of the City of Chicago

HONOREE FOR

TORCH FOR

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Melissa Conyears-Ervin is the current City Treasurer of the City of Chicago. In 2019, she made history by being the first female elected to the Office of Treasurer for the City of Chicago who was not previously appointed. She is a former State Representative for the 10th District who believes in the promise of opportunity and the strength of families to effectively address the needs of our communities. Before being elected as a State Representative, she gained more than 15-years of experience in the insurance industry as an executive for Allstate and CS Insurance Strategies, gaining insight into the challenges in the diverse and vibrant City of Chicago. 

 

As City Treasurer, she is the only city-wide elected official sitting on all four pension boards and has utilized her private-sector and financial experience to increase economic development in Chicago’s neighborhoods by raising awareness of systemic issues that result in racial inequities. Under her leadership, the Advancing Equity in Banking Commission (AEBC) was formed to advance equity and eliminate systemic racism in the banking industry through equitable hiring, lending, and investment in Black communities. She believes that Chicago’s nearly $10 billion-dollar portfolio should be leveraged to help Chicago communities grow at the same economic rate, regardless of their zip code.

 

The Treasurer also developed a year-long program, Hope Inside, to help people increase their credit scores.  It offers credit and money management resources to Chicagoans—FOR FREE.  It offers workshops that teach Chicagoans to create a budget, understand and fix errors on their credit reports, and start planning for homeownership.  In the credit Coaching Sessions, a FREE one-on-one session with a counselor, you can make plans for getting out of debt and raising your credit score.  With this partnership, we launched the 700 Credit Score Initiative, where residents have the opportunity to receive 18 months of continuous counseling that can raise their credit scores by 120 points—it's free to all Chicago residents.

The Treasurer and her office have developed many programs to assist the residents of Chicago to help make their lives better.

The Treasurer lives in Garfield Park with her husband Jason and daughter Jeneva. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.