Ameya Pawar graduated from Missouri Valley College with a Bachelor of Arts in religion/philosophy. Pawar holds an M.S. in threat and response management from the University of Chicago and an M.P.A. in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is enrolled in a third master’s degree program at the University of Chicago in the school of social service administration. Pawar currently serves as alderman in the city of Chicago in the 47th Ward and is the first Asian-American and Indian-American alderman in Chicago history.
Prior to his election, Pawar was on staff at Northwestern University in the office of emergency management. While working at Northwestern, he and two of his colleagues were awarded a contract from Taylor and Francis, a publisher of academic books, to write a textbook based on their work in emergency management. The textbook is based on a model called Social Intelligence that the three developed at the University of Chicago's MSTRM program. Pawar and his co-authors have presented their work at annual FEMA conferences and other national conferences since 2008.
Pawar has received a number of awards and honors. In 2009, he was a US State Department Scholar. He has been named to the Crains Chicago Business 40 under 40 list, recognized by the New Leaders Council as an emerging leader under 40 and he was one of 200 invitees to the Google ORD camp. The purpose of ORD Camp is to bring together the technical community in the Midwest and beyond to create new connections and collaborations. In 2012, he was named an Edgar Fellow by the University of Illinois.
Pawar is also active in his community - he sits on the board of directors on the 47th Ward's Common Pantry and the state-wide advocacy organization, the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention.