Senior Program Director, West Side United
Ayesha Jaco is a philanthropist, educator, and choreographer who is the co-founder of M.U.R.A.L. (formerly the Lupe Fiasco Foundation). She has partnered with many Chicago-based organizations to provide comprehensive social services, substance abuse prevention, food equity, and study abroad and artistic programming for more than 18,500 underserved youth and their families. In 2008, Jaco founded the youth dance company Move Me Soul and has provided more than 1,000 Chicago teens and young adults with professional dance training and life skill development.Currently, Jaco is a faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University's Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner-City Studies. She is also the senior program director of West Side United, which works to build community health and economic wellness on Chicago’s West Side.Jaco was featured in Hype Magazine South Africa for her artistic prowess and youth work and she was recently awarded the Power 25 Chicago Award by Walker’s Legacy for her commitment to excellent leadership, community achievements, and philanthropic contributions.