Adrian Segura

Connecting education reform with community needs

Age: 30

Title: Senior Manager of City Affairs

Name of Organization: Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Bio: Adrian Segura is a talented and dedicated leader driven by a deep commitment to serve others. As a first-generation American and first-generation college graduate, Segura understands the struggles faced by many of Chicago’s youth and families. He was born in Chicago and raised by migrant parents who arrived from Mexico in the 1970s. He attended neighborhood public schools his entire life until high school, where he attended the Noble Network of Charter Schools, which runs 16 high-performing high schools.

Segura was recently recognized as an Education Pioneers Chicago Agent of Change for his work in advancing education reform efforts by including families and community stakeholders. By training families to become their child’s biggest education advocates, Segura has designed an organizing platform that bridges reform efforts with community needs.

In 2015, Segura co-founded Future Leaders of Chicago, a leadership development program operating in partnership with the University of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust. Each year, floChicago selects a diverse group of high school leaders and provides them with opportunities to meet with business, nonprofit and government leaders; engage with diverse student leaders from the Chicago area; and gain exposure to a wide variety of challenges and opportunities in Chicago.

Segura majored in communication studies at DePaul University and is pursuing his MBA at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He resides on the Northwest Side of Chicago with his wife, LeShonne, and their newborn daughter, Amélie.