University of Southern California

CRCC American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute

Amer Ahmad

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Amer Ahmad is the comptroller of the City of Chicago, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Previously, he was a senior vice president and head of the public sector group at the Cleveland-based bank KeyCorp. Until recently, he served as Deputy State Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the State of Ohio Treasury. In that capacity, he oversaw more than $11 billion in state investments, $9 billion in state debt obligations and over $150 billion per year in custodial assets for Ohio's pension systems.

Prior to becoming a public servant, Amer was a vice president at William Blair & Company, LLC , an investment banking firm headquartered in Chicago, where Amer worked in the corporate finance department for seven years. Amer has also served as an advisor to the president of Estonia and worked at Wasserstein Perella & Co. in both New York and Tokyo.

Amer received a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. As a college senior, Amer was a semi-finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Amer and his wife Samar Kaukab Ahmad co-founded SalamCorps, a community service organization promoting civic engagement through volunteer service projects. In addition, Amer and Samar established The Safa Ahmad Fund for Children at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital to benefit the Child Life and Education programs at the hospital.

Amer, an Ohio native, is married and has two daughters, Safa and Marya.