Asiaha Butler



Resident Association of Greater Englewood


Asiaha Butler is a longtime resident of Greater Englewood and is determined to uplift, inspire, and change the negative perception of her neighborhood, which is often seen as a death trap. She coined the name “Mrs. Englewood”, after developing a blog that focused on the positive aspects of Greater Englewood and considers herself married to this community. Through her leadership, she has worked with educators, concerned citizens, youth, parents, elected officials to develop a comprehensive educational plan for schools in the community as well as engage residents in the planning process around land use, housing strategies, TIF Reform, school repurposing efforts and other community development initiatives.

In November of 2010, she mobilized residents and co-founded the Resident Association of Greater Englewood also known as R.A.G.E., which she currently serves as the President. The primary focus areas for R.A.G.E. is Education, Youth Development, Economic Development, and Civic Empowerment. In 2011, she co-founded the Greater Englewood CDC with the mission to rebrand, rebuild and revitalize the economic conditions of this community. With the use of social media, blogging, and other communication mediums Butler has become one of the most recognized and powerful voices from Englewood. In 2014, Butler earned her Master Degree in Inner City Studies Education at Jacob Carruthers Center of Inner City Studies of Northeastern University Illinois.

Butler has spearheaded many of the unique initiatives in her community, which all have become a catalyst for positive change. As a true change agent, she continues her quest to improve the quality of life for residents and is committed to doing whatever is required to see a Greater Englewood thrive.

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