Barack Obama Experience



Barack Obama’s experience is yet another truly eventful chapter in his life. The multiple facets of Barack Obama’s background were the building blocks that significantly enriched Barack Obama’s experience. This, in its own unique way, would later shape his character, personality and world view.

After his B.A. graduation from Columbia University, Barack worked for 1 year at the Business International Corporation and later at the New York Public Interest Research Group. Obama then moved to Chicago after spending four years in New York City. Events in the aftermath of his move to Chicago are what further enriched Barack Obama’s experience.

In Chicago, Barack accepted directorship of the D.C.P. (Developing Communities Project), an 8-Catholic parish church-based community organization. Obama worked here for three years from June 1985 to May 1988 working as a community organizer.

In mid-1988, Barack was also an instructor and consultant for the Gamaliel Foundation. During his 1st year tenure at the Harvard Law School in late 1988, Obama was voted editor of the Harvard Law review, and later became its President in his 2nd year, the first significant milestone of Barack Obama’s background.

Barack returned to Chicago during the summers and was employed as summer associate in 1989 at the law firm, Sidley & Austin, and in 1990 at the Hopkins & Sutter law firm. From April to October 1992, a voter registration drive under the Project Vote, Illinois was directed by Obama earning inclusion of his name in the “40 under Forty” powers to be, by Crain’s Chicago Business for achieving the goal of registering 150,000 of the then 400,000 unregistered African Americans in Illinois. This was yet another achievement of the colorful, Barack Obama background.

From 1992 to 2004, Barack taught Constitutional law for 12 years, as Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Simultaneously, he also worked as Attorney at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a firm specializing in neighborhood economic development and civil rights litigation, and later as counsel from 1996 to 2004.

In 1992, Obama was founding member of the board of directors of Public Allies Chicago. From 1994 to 2002, he served on the board of directors at the Woods Fund of Chicago and was also on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation from 1994 to 2002.

Between 1995 and 2002, Barack was also on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and as Chairman and Founding President of the same board of directors between 1995 and 1999. Additionally, Barack was also a member of the board of directors of Lugenia Burns Hope Center; the Center for Neighborhood Technology; and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


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