Ricardo (Ric) Estrada was appointed to the Metra Board of Directors in June 2021 by the mayor of Chicago.
Mr. Estrada has three decades of leadership in human services and is currently the CEO of Metropolitan Family Services, one of Illinois’s largest human service agencies. Since joining Metropolitan in 2011, he has helped the agency more than double in revenue and families served.
Prior to joining Metropolitan Family Services, he served as the first deputy commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services and as executive director of Chicago’s Erie Neighborhood House.
In addition to the Metra Board, Mr. Estrada currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the Board of Directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, , the Grand Victoria Foundation and A Better Chicago.
His work and leadership have been recognized with honors and awards from the City Club of Chicago, the University of Illinois, University of Chicago, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He has also been recognized as “Person of the Year” by the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago, received a Kellogg CEO Perspective Fellowship from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40.”
Mr. Estrada holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Chicago, an M.A. in Social Service Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
He and his wife reside in Chicago and are parents of two adult daughters.