Uta Staley offers over 25 years of expertise in the international travel and tourism industry and is a retired travel-business consultant and investor in Chicago, Illinois. Born, raised, and educated in Germany, Ms. Staley has been a citizen of the United States since 1973, and she is a longstanding member of the Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago.
The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC) is a non-profit organization serving the needs of Ethiopian immigrants in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Established in 1984, today ECAC helps Ethiopian residents in the United States adjust and assimilate socially, culturally, and economically. ECAC staffers provide workshops and counseling on a range of topics specific to health care, housing, education, and employment in America. As well, ECAC member volunteers help with immigration and legal issues, English language training, small business start-up assistance, and resettlement coordination for refugees. A secondary mission of the group is to promote and celebrate Ethiopian culture and community in Chicago, offering classes in Amharic, East African languages, and ethnic dance to children and adults.
Uta Staley, a native of Germany and a long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois, devotes much of her time to supporting the arts in her adopted city.