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Rosa Escareño

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Commissioner

Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection 

As commissioner of the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, Escareño is a cabinet member of Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s administration.

Escareño has made public service her life’s work, and she has served under three Chicago mayors. 

She has managed day-to-day operations and implemented policy reforms across multiple city agencies, leading initiatives on public safety and helping to bring economic growth to low-income communities, residents and working families. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Escareño has been on the forefront of Chicago’s business recovery efforts including reopening Chicago businesses, administering $120 million in business financial relief, and setting up protections for essential workers.