Vance Henry | Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office

Vance T. Henry works in the Mayor's office for the City of Chicago. Under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, he was appointed to be the Director of the City of Chicago’s CAPS Implementation Office. In that capacity, he coordinated the delivery of city services to alleviate conditions that foster crime, while supervising a staff of community organizers to mobilize city neighborhoods. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Henry served as Public Outreach Coordinator for the CAPS Implementation Office. He has acted as the 24th Ward Alderman Michael D. Chandler’s Chief of Staff. In addition, Mr. Henry has an extensive background in grassroots community organizing and has served as Assistant Pastor/Program Director for the Lawndale Community Church. He is also a former Executive Director of the Inter-Faith Organizing Project of Greater Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors for several community-based organizations. Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, in the North Lawndale community, Mr. Henry is a product of the Chicago Public School system. He graduated from Wheaton College with a special dual degree in Philosophy and Sociology and has done graduate work at Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University campus. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has been preaching since 1986.