Jose Rico has been named senior vice president of community investment at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Rico served four years as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He planned policy, strategic initiatives, outreach and communications for President Obama’s education agenda and the Latino community. He helped develop the Promise Neighborhood grants for cradle-to-career programming in distressed neighborhoods across the country. Previously, he was a founding principal at the Multicultural Arts School at the Little Village/Lawndale High School campus. He will lead United Way’s work on education, income and health and its Neighborhood Network model, which concentrates services in underserved communities.