Title: Chief Research Analyst
Company: Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Peter J. Kamps, Chief Research Analyst at the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in research.
Mr. Kamps became involved in his profession because he was raised in a very politically liberal family. His father, Franz Kamps, was a professor of social work in Minneapolis. Growing up in a liberal background in the 1960s and 1970s was part of the reason for his current career. As he grew up in the suburbs, his parents were very inclusive. His family took summer vacations in New Mexico and on one of those vacations his parents pulled up to a home and the family that came out looked sad. He asked his father why they looked like that and his father said they were poor. Coming from the home he did and seeing that really bothered him. He felt that it was very important to help people become the best individuals that they could be. The way he was raised brought him to that conclusion that economic inequality was unfair to people. Whatever he could do academically and professionally to bring people out of that dire economic circumstance was important and that led him into his field. Mr. Kamps earned a Bachelor of Arts in social welfare from the University of Minnesota in 1982. From there, he received a Master of Arts in social service administration from the University of Chicago in 1985.
The highlight of Mr. Kamps career was receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the City of Chicago in 1996 for his dedication to the profession and doing good quality work. He also served as a professional development instructor at the University of Chicago and was honored to teach seminars there on developing the best practices for obtaining grant funding. Another achievement was being asked to talk internationally on topics concerning the economic cost to society of poverty. Mr. Kamps began his career as the director of service information systems at The Woodlawn Organization from 1987 to 1988. He then became a financial analyst at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago in 1988, before taking on the role of senior research analyst for the city of Chicago in 1988, remaining until 1996. Since 1997, he has held the position of chief research analyst for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. As a testament to his success, Mr. Kamp has been inducted as a member of the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Illinois chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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