Farzin Parang served in the Mayor's Office of the City of Chicago from 2010 to 2018, most recently as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Development. In that role, Parang coordinated the City’s departments that oversee development, business promotion, and technological innovation, as well as the efforts of World Business Chicago, a public-private partnership for economic development and business recruitment. In that capacity, he worked with community groups and other agencies to create new economic development programs, projects, and jobs, and to promote innovation across the city. Previously, Parang was the Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs, responsible for shaping the Mayor’s legislative agenda in the Chicago City Council and working with aldermen to solve neighborhood problems. Prior to entering public service, Parang practiced corporate law at the law firm of Dykema Gossett. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy, with honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern University.