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As President, Michael Alter is responsible for all planning and operations of The Alter Group, a national corporate real estate development firm. Affiliates include Alter+Care, a healthcare real estate development firm; EnTrust Realty Advisors, an MBE real estate investment bank, and EnTrust Tenant Advisors, an MBE tenant representation firm.


A Chicago native, Mr. Alter previously was a clerk for William J. Bauer, former Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and a practicing attorney with Mayer Brown & Platt.


Mr. Alter is the Principal Owner of the Chicago Sky, the WNBA franchise in Chicago.


Mr. Alter established and is a Board Member of City Year Chicago. This unique national service organization unites young people from diverse backgrounds, ages 17 – 24, for a demanding year of full-time community service and leadership development. Mr. Alter is also Board Chair of LEAP Innovations, the leading nonprofit connecting innovation and education; and a past Board member of Be The Change Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to organizing campaigns to create opportunity, empower veterans and promote national service.


Most recently, Mr. Alter launched Purpose Workforce Solutions, a for-profit staffing company focused on low income youth, primarily of color. 


Michael and his wife, Ellen, have 3 children.

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Daniel Anello is the Chief Executive Officer of Kids First Chicago. He previously served as the Chief of Strategy and External Relations for Chicago International Charter School. In 2014, Daniel played an important role in securing equitable funding for students citywide, working side-by-side with the CPS budget office on the implementation of student-based funding that remained agnostic to school-type. Daniel came into education through the Broad Residency. Prior to working in the public sector, he was an Associate Brand Manager for Unilever.

In 2015, Daniel was named in the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, an initiative that draws upon the resources of the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. He was a member of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship Summer 2016 cohort and the Leadership Greater Chicago 2018-19 cohort. Daniel is also a member of Education Leaders of Color, and a Board member of Bottom Line Chicago and Chicago Urban League.

Daniel received a BA in Mathematics from Williams College and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth.

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Carmelo Barbaro is the Executive Director of the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago. Together with Faculty Director Marianne Bertrand, he works closely with policymakers and community-based organizations to generate research that advances social mobility and racial equity in Chicago. He previously worked as a Project Leader in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and spent several years working in urban planning and community development in Chicago.


Carmelo is a proud alumnus of Robert Healy Elementary School in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, as well as St. Ignatius College Prep. Carmelo  holds a BA in government from Harvard University, an MSc in regional and urban planning studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Chicago Continuum of Care.

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MarySue Barrett is an expert on designing effective urban solutions through creative collaboration across governments, businesses and communities. As president of the independent Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Barrett builds bridges between the public and private sectors to solve metropolitan Chicago’s urgent planning and development challenges, refining the tactics that can help regions everywhere prepare for the needs of tomorrow.


Barrett speaks and writes frequently about why and how cities must continually reinvent themselves. She deconstructs Chicago’s and MPC’s success stories as models for cities across the globe, while offering constructive analysis when we fail to unlock our region’s full potential.  


Prior to joining MPC, Ms. Barrett served in former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's Administration as his chief of policy. She counts among her top accomplishments Chicago's early implementation of community policing and the City's successful bid to host the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Tapping her deep knowledge of government, Ms. Barrett recently has led transition committees for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Ms. Barrett is a steering committee member of World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, co-chairing the infrastructure team and serving on the board of Current. She recently joined the Board of Directors of IFF and serves on the Advisory Board of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. Ms. Barrett is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is also active with The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago. She has participated in leadership exchanges sponsored by the International Women's Forum (1996), Rockefeller Foundation (2009) and Brookings Institution (2008 and 2011). She has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University.

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Deborah E. Bennett has more than 20 years of experience as a community development practitioner. She is currently a Senior Program Officer at the Polk Bros. Foundation, where she is a program area leader for workforce development, affordable housing, community economic development and safe communities. Prior to joining the foundation, Deborah held several positions at Shorebank Corporation including senior consultant for Shorebank Advisory Services where she crafted housing, labor force and commercial development strategies for a variety of community development entities around the country. She has also worked as an economic development planner at the UIC Center for Urban Economic Development and as director of an employment initiative for low-income women. Deborah has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from Stanford and Kent State Universities, respectively. She is currently a board member of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund and the National Public Housing Museum and a member of the Community Investment Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.

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Gia Biagi is a Principal at Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design collective headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris. At Studio Gang, she leads the urbanism + civic impact practice that specializes in urban design, planning, and strategy. The work is centered on how to move toward equity, mutuality, and positive change in cities by working with a range of partners including community-based organizations, cultural institutions, developers, government, and other public and private groups and individuals.


Having spent more than a decade in public service, she draws on an understanding of the consequences of plans, policies, architecture, and development on everyday lives. Her projects include Polis Station that proposes how design might be used to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve; Civic Commons that examines how public assets can foster inclusion and economic opportunity; Memphis Riverfront that proposes a vision for six miles of parks and city fabric that reside along the Mississippi River in Memphis; Neighborhood Schools Reuse that grounds ideas for renewal of closed schools in the needs and aspirations of residents who live where these now dormant assets reside; and New York Neighborhood Activation that proposes a community-centered approach to designing for neighborhood wellness, safety, and stability.


Prior to joining Studio Gang, Gia worked for the City of Chicago and held posts at the Park District that included Director of Planning, Director of Strategy and Policy, and Chief of Staff. While at the City, she led multi-year planning, design, and community engagement efforts that produced signature civic projects like Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, The 606 Trail, and the City’s first parks and recreation Strategic Plan in nearly two decades.


Gia serves as President of NeighborSpace, a nonprofit land trust that provides community-based management and long-term protection to over 100 urban gardens across Chicago. She is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the study of land economics.

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Blackwell serves as Assistant Director for Cubs Charities and Community Affairs where she is responsible for implementation of programs and initiatives for Cubs community outreach and Cubs Charities. Prior to joining the Cubs in 2016, Keri worked in community development for more than 15 years partnering with community-based organizations located in under-resourced neighborhoods to address quality of life issues with a specific focus on arts and culture, violence prevention and sports-based youth development.

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John Bucksbaum, CEO and founder of Bucksbaum Properties, LLC, a private real estate owner and developer of shopping centers and mixed-use projects. He previously served as chairman and CEO of General Growth Properties, Inc., which had ownership and management interest in over 200 regional and super regional shopping malls in 44 states. The company portfolio totaled approximately 200 million square feet of space.


Bucksbaum received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado in 1978. Professional affiliations include the following: past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); past Chairman of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School; Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition Bucksbaum serves on the boards of The Bucksbaum Institute at the University of Chicago, The Field Museum, Navy Pier, Inc., U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, USA Cycling and is a member of the Paralympics Advisory Committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee, Chicago Sports Commission, Young Presidents Organization and is the Campaign Chair for the Chicago Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.


John and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of Max and Eli Bucksbaum.

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Sharon Bush is the executive director of Grand Victoria Foundation, the second person to lead the Foundation in its 20-year history. She has launched and led innovative collaborations that support a better quality of life for thousands of Chicagoans. She is on the board of directors of Mikva Challenge Illinois and African American Legacy. She is an advisor to Willie’s Warriors, a leadership development initiative of Chicago Foundation for Women and Greater Good Studio, a human-centered design firm. She is the 2017 recipient of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy’s Champion of Diversity Award. Sharon was born and raised in Chicago.

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Kim Cassel is a Director of Evidence-Based Policy at Arnold Ventures, a philanthropic organization dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. Kim specializes in rigorous evaluation methods and applying research findings to improve the effectiveness of social policy. She also works with policymakers and other philanthropic funders to advance the use of evidence in policy and funding decisions. Her portfolio includes randomized controlled trials of programs across all areas of social policy, whose prior evidence suggests the potential for producing meaningful improvements in people’s lives.

Before joining Arnold Ventures, Kim worked for the Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan nonprofit, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, which sought to increase government effectiveness through the generation and application of rigorous evidence about what works in social policy. The Coalition staff subsequently joined the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (now known as Arnold Ventures). Prior to that, she worked with the Families and Communities Research Group – first at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago and then at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago – which conducted federally funded longitudinal research studies, including large randomized controlled trials, focused on preventing aggression and violence for youth in high crime urban neighborhoods.

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Cecilia A. Conrad, Ph.D. is CEO of Lever for Change and a Managing Director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Lever for Change is a new nonprofit affiliate of the MacArthur Foundation whose mission is to unlock philanthropic capital and accelerate solutions to the world’s biggest social challenges. In addition to her role at Lever for Change, Dr. Conrad oversees the MacArthur Fellows program and MacArthur’s 100&Change.


Before joining the foundation in January 2013, Conrad had a distinguished career as both a professor and an administrator at Pomona College, Claremont, CA. She joined the economics faculty at Pomona College in 1995. She served as Associate Dean of the College (2004-2007), as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College (2009-2012), and as Acting President (Fall 2012). From 2007-2009, she was interim Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Scripps College.  


Conrad's academic research focuses on the effects of race and gender on economic status and her work has appeared in both academic and nonacademic publications including The American Prospect and Black Enterprise. Her co-edited text, African Americans in the US Economy, was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2005. Conrad has also served on the faculties of Barnard College and Duke University, was an economist at the Federal Trade Commission and was a visiting scholar at The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. 


Conrad was recognized as California’s Carnegie Professor of the Year in 2002, received the National Urban League’s Women of Power Award in 2008 and the National Economic Association’s Samuel Z. Westerfield award in 2018.


Dr. Conrad is a member of the board of trustees of Bryn Mawr College, The Poetry Foundation, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Sylvia Bozeman and Rhonda Hughes EDGE Foundation.  She received her B.A. degree from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. 

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Charlie Corrigan serves as the Head of Midwest Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase, which includes overseeing grantmaking in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as Canada. This represents annual giving exceeding $30MM across the focus areas of: Workforce Readiness, Small Business, Financial Health, and Neighborhood Revitalization. Prior to joining JPMC in 2010, Charlie led programs and research activities at nonprofit organizations focused on affordable housing and homeless services, including Building Changes and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Charlie is a graduate of Georgetown University, University of Chicago, and the Leadership Greater Chicago fellows program.

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Gillian Darlow is CEO of Polk Bros. Foundation, which is dedicated to building and strengthening Chicago's families and communities, especially those most affected by poverty.  The Foundation focuses its work at the intersection of Chicago's most pressing issues to address the complex roots and devastating effects of poverty, challenge inequity, and ensure that all Chicagoans have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  As one of the largest funders of Chicago nonprofit organizations, the Foundation grants more than $25 million to nearly 400 nonprofit partners every year to build strong communities and families, increase access to quality education and the arts, improve health, and strengthen organizations and the sectors in which they work.


Before joining Polk Bros. Foundation in early 2013, Gillian was a principal with Civic Consulting Alliance where she guided numerous initiatives to transform Chicago Public Schools, tourism, workforce, and City operations and led the City’s 2011 Mayoral transition.  Gillian is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network and the Economic Club and an active leader of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities.  Current and recent board roles include the city’s tourism agency Choose Chicago (Vice Chair), Chicago Public Education Fund, Civic Consulting Alliance, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, and Forefront, among others. Gillian holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MA in education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and a BA in psychology from Harvard University.

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Greg is a 1971 graduate of St. Louis University and received his MA in Christian Education from Wheaton College. He has served as executive director of CYCLE, I Have a Dream Foundation/Chicago, and Steans Family Foundation. He has served in leadership roles for several foundations and numerous non-profit organization boards. He established CPS’ Department of Postsecondary Education in 2003, before being named Senior Advisor on College Access to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education by Arne Duncan. While at the Dept. of ED he also served as Senior Advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama in the formation of her Reach Higher initiative. He coauthored with Milbrey McLaughlin, PhD ‘You Can’t Be What You Can’t See-the Extraordinary Power of Opportunity to Change Young Lives’, which captures the long term impact of the near peer mentoring strategy and its effects on college success by young people who grew up in the former Cabrini Green Housing Development. His work on college/career access and completion continues through the National Postsecondary Strategy Institute (NPSI) with school district leaders across the country. Greg has two children, a step-daughter and four grandchildren.

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Evelyn J. Diaz is the President of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a global anti-poverty and human rights organization based in Chicago that provides a comprehensive array of services to nearly half a million people annually in the areas of healthcare, housing, human services, and justice. She is responsible for directing domestic and global strategy and operations for Heartland Alliance’s five nonprofit corporate entities, with a combined budget of $150 million and 1,600 employees in 12 countries. Previously, Ms. Diaz was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services where she was responsible for administering an annual budget of $330 million to deliver social service programs to over 300,000 Chicagoans in the areas of children, youth, homelessness, domestic violence, aging, workforce development and human services. Before joining Mayor Emanuel’s cabinet, Ms. Diaz was chief executive officer of the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, Deputy Chief of Staff to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Associate Director of the Chicago Jobs Council. She received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Notre Dame (’92).  Evelyn serves on the ND Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Letters. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Josh, and their daughter, Isabel.

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From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods.


In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight for youth equity by fueling ideas, organizations, and people. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 14 local nonprofit organizations and is a community leader that fights for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Beyond funding, the team works hand-in-hand with their investment partners to provide the strategic support and thought partnership they need to achieve their goals and reach more young people. Because there is no single barrier to equity, Chicago Beyond invests in everything from education, to youth safety, to health and wellness, and beyond.  


Dozier’s ambition is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger High School, which at the time was known as one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago, Fenger experienced a decrease in its dropout rate from 19% to 2%, a 40% increase in Freshman On-Track to graduate, and double-digit increases in attendance and the school’s state graduation rate. Keenly aware of how traumatic events outside of the classroom were affecting her students, Dozier’s method to turn Fenger around also included the adoption of restorative justice and mental health and wellness strategies. Dozier's work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times Best Seller \"How Children Succeed\" by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series Chicagoland, and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health, The Obama Foundation Summit, and SXSW.

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As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.


Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. 


Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.  


Arne serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Pluralsight, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Turn It In. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Rachel Dvorken served for 10 years as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Sinai Health System, Illinois’ largest private safety-net health system serving Chicago communities on the West and Southwest side disproportionately affected by illness, poverty and other social challenges.

In addition to her role as the Chief Legal Officer for Sinai, Rachel served as the executive lead for the Board Governance Committee, and as a member of the Board Campus and Community Development and Government Affairs Committees. From 2014-2016, Rachel served as the Interim Executive for the Sinai Urban Health Institute, focused on developing innovative, evidence based solutions to reducing health disparities and improving health equity. Before joining Sinai, Rachel served as Deputy General Counsel for Northwestern Memorial Health Care and Associate General Counsel for Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Rachel serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Sinai Congregation, and on the Youth Guidance Organization’s Council on Working on Womanhood (“WOW”), which provides counseling and mentoring to over two thousand young women in 40 Chicago Public Schools. Rachel also served for many years as a tutor with Tutoring Chicago (f/k/a Cabrini Green Tutoring Program).

Rachel attended Colgate University and Harvard Law School. Following law school, she clerked for United States District Court Judge Edward Rafeedie, and was an Associate in the Health Law Department of McDermott, Will & Emery. Rachel also has served as President of the Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. In 2017, Rachel received a Role Model Award from the Harvard Law School Society of Illinois.

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Ric Estrada is CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. Founded in 1857, Metropolitan is one of Illinois’ largest and best respected human services agencies. Since joining Metropolitan in 2011 Estrada has helped the agency more than double in revenue and families served.


Estrada has nearly three decades of leadership experience in human services, philanthropy, and government. Prior to joining Metropolitan Estrada, Estrada served as First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). Before that he served as Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, where his accomplishments included founding the Erie Elementary Charter School.


His civic and community involvement is extensive and includes serving as a Trustee of the University of Illinois and Board Chair of the Woods Fund, as well as holding Board memberships with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, A Better Chicago and the Council on Accreditation. He is also a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Leadership Greater Chicago.


For three consecutive years Crain’s Chicago Business has named Estrada to its list of “Who’s Who In Chicago Business.” He has been named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and he is a recipient of the City Club of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago City Partner Award. Additional honors include the Damen Award from Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Chicago’s Inaugural SSA Social Impact Alumni Award, being named Leadership Greater Chicago’s “Distinguished Fellow,” and honored as “Person of the Year” by the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago.


In addition, he is a recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, was awarded a Kellogg CEO Perspectives Fellowship, and was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” in 2002.


Estrada’s educational background is grounded in social services and business, including an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Social Service Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.

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In May 2018, Lisa Schneider Fabes was appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Lightfoot For Chicago Campaign. After the election, she was appointed as Transition Manager. She oversaw the set-up, management, and dismantling an organization charged with laying the foundation for the Lightfoot administration. Today, she is a senior advisor to the Mayor.


Prior to her involvement in the campaign, Schneider Fabes served as a consultant, providing project management, program design and evaluation services to a wide range of nonprofit and public sector leaders. Lisa has two decades of experience in Chicago public agencies, working on a variety of institutional reform efforts. While at the Chicago Housing Authority, Lisa held a variety of roles, including Directors of the Environmental Unit and Strategic planning department, as well as Managing Director for Internal and External Communications. In 1999, she led the internal team that produced the Plan for Transformation and helped to guide its implementation for the first several years. While at the Chicago Public Schools, Lisa managed a planning process to transform education on Chicago's mid-south side. The plan set the groundwork for later reform efforts. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Michigan and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Sandy Fernandez is the Senior Director, The Americas, for the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategy, research, and programs to advance inclusive economies.


Prior to joining the Center, Sandy held senior roles in community development at national financial services companies where he developed national community and economic development programs. He began his career in community health conducting outreach, research and delivering education to low-income immigrant communities. He currently serves on the board of Grounded Solutions Network and holds an M.P.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Boston University.

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Sol Flores serves as deputy governor in the Pritzker administration. Flores is the founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte, a nonprofit organization established in 2002 that has served more than 30,000 youth and families confronting homelessness. Flores built La Casa Norte from two employees to an 80+ employee, multi-million-dollar organization that delivers inspiration, hope and critical services to the lives of youth and families experiencing homelessness. She has served on numerous working groups, commissions and local nonprofit boards as a tireless advocate. Flores was raised by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and has been recognized as a national Champion of Change for her work by the Obama White House.

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Bridget is the Chief Commercial Officer for Aon’s Public Sector Partnership, bringing over 25 years of experience in nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. Bridget began her career in community development in New York City; she continued that work in Chicago and then went to work for the City of Chicago in a variety of roles focused on public private partnerships and infrastructure development. In 2001, she began working at Aon beginning in finance with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and treasury. She later transitioned to manage the firm’s strategic engagement with governments around the world. 


Bridget lives in Chicago with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. She serves on the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Boards of the Cook County Land Bank, Big Shoulders Fund and the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

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Helene D. Gayle is President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations. Before coming to the Trust, Dr. Gayle held a variety of leadership roles in health and global development, including twenty years with the Centers for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and as President and CEO of the international humanitarian organization CARE. She serves on public company and nonprofit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, New America, the ONE Campaign, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.  Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50”, she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice. Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University and has received 16 honorary degrees.

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Lisa Gomez oversees the day-to-day operations of L+M Development Partners and its affiliated companies. Lisa has more than 25 years of experience in real estate finance and development. Prior to joining L+M, she was in senior management at the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), overseeing $1 billion annually in bond financing and mortgage insurance. At HDC, she was also responsible for developing and executing policy and financing programs to stimulate the creation of affordable housing for Mayor Bloomberg’s successful New Housing Marketplace Plan. Lisa also held various positions at JP Morgan Chase Bank, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Silverstein Properties, among others. Lisa is a Board member of Center for the Urban Future as well as the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Foundation. She is a past Chair of the New York State Association of Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, and was also a Commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission from 2004 to 2007.

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Alicia is from Chicago and is the Executive Director of Chicago Cubs Charities. In her current role, Alicia oversees Cubs Charities philanthropic and programmatic investments in Chicago communities and provides strategic direction for elevating the power of sport as a vehicle for improved health, academic success, and civic engagement. Alicia transitioned to the Cubs in May 2018, after serving for ten years as the Founding Executive Director of Chicago Run, a local non-profit that provides free sport-based youth development programs to over 18,000 Chicago Public School students and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. Prior to Chicago Run, Alicia served as the head of Hispanic Business Development for First American Bank, where she oversaw the expansion of private-public partnerships in the Latino community. Alicia’s roots are in the community and prior to working in the private sector, she held positions as a community organizer and youth development program director in both Chicago and Boston. In addition to Chicago Run, she serves on the Board of Directors for Heartland Alliance Human Care Services, Instituto del Progreso Latino, and the Enlace Legacy Board. Alicia was recognized by Crain’s Magazine as a 40 Under 40 in 2017, is a recipient of Erie Family Health’s 2019 Health Innovator Award, Streetwise’s 2018 “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” Award, the 2017 Chicago Cubs Roberto Clemente Community Leader Award, the 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition Community Leadership Award, the Latina Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) from the Chicago Latino Network, the 35 Under 35 Chicago Leadership Award (2009) from the Community Renewal Society. Alicia is a graduate of Stanford University Business School’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Program, a German Marshall Memorial Fellow (2016), an American Express NGEN Fellow with the Independent Sector (2014), and a Fellow in the 2011 Leadership Greater Chicago Class. Alicia graduated with honors in Latin American History from Brown University. 

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Carol A. Goss, a 2014 Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University, retired as the President and CEO of The Skillman Foundation in Detroit in 2013. Goss spent more than 25 years working in private and family philanthropy at the WK Kellogg Foundation and The Stuart Foundation. Prior to that Goss also worked in the field of social work as a social worker, social work administrator and Executive Director.


In 2015, Goss founded Warrior Women Against Poverty, a social justice movement to support homeless women and their children. She currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Detroit Children’s Fund, Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Safe Routes to School, The National Partnership and BoardSource. Goss has received many awards and honors including an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Eastern Michigan University, Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Michigan and Michiganian of the Year in 2009. Goss is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Social Work.

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Chris is an urban planner who has led multi-disciplinary teams within community, design and real estate based organizations across private and nonprofit sectors. Chris has served as Executive Director of 18th Street Development Corporation, Director of Spatial Planning and Regeneration at GVA in London and is currently Urban Strategy Leader at SOM in Chicago. He has worked in many Chicago neighborhoods as well as nationally and internationally. 


His expertise includes spatial planning, master planning, neighborhood planning, investment frameworks, infrastructure and transit, development feasibility, policy planning, and stakeholder and community engagement. Chris is recognized for strength in large-scale, complex projects requiring clarity, creativity and strategy across data, infrastructure, economic and social realms, with a focus on implementation.


Chris holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK).

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Emily Harris is Executive Director of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, connecting people with disabilities with opportunities to lead with power and influence. She is also a Senior Director at the Chicago Community Trust, working with its Disabilities Fund and other equity and inclusion initiatives. As Vice President of Metropolis Strategies, she led programs in regional economic growth, open space conservation, early childhood education, and was Executive Director of the Burnham Plan Centennial.


Past positions include Principal of Harris Strategies, LLC, specializing in strategic planning; program director for Leadership Greater Chicago; Executive Director of the Canal Corridor Association; and Vice President of ActiveLife Retirement Communities. She earned degrees from Oberlin College and the University of Chicago. She serves on the Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation and Policy Council, Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Association Board, and CMAP Economic Development Committee.

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David Hiller is President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropic foundations. Through grant-making programs and the gardens and museums at Cantigny Park, the Foundation helps strengthen families and communities in Chicagoland and Illinois.

Previously, David was Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Times and, before that, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Tribune. David joined the Tribune Company in 1988 as Vice President/General Counsel and held a number of leadership positions at the company, including President of Tribune Interactive.

Prior to Tribune, David was a partner with Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin. He served two years at the US Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Attorney General William French Smith and as Associate Deputy Attorney General. During 1979 and 1980, Hiller was a law clerk to US Court of Appeals Judge Malcolm Wilkey and Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart.

A native of the Chicago area, David graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He serves on the boards of the Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Roosevelt University, and Thrive Chicago. He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago.

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Grace B. Hou has served under Governor JB Pritzker as the Secretary Designate of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) since March 2019. The mission of IDHS is strengthening Illinois by building up lives and communities which is achieved through an integrated network of mental health, substance use prevention and recovery, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and family and community services.  IDHS operates seven psychiatric hospitals, seven developmental centers, one treatment and detention facility for sexually violent persons, 76 local offices, and four schools.   


Grace also previously served as the Assistant Secretary at IDHS from 2003 to 2012. During that time, she was an architect of Illinois’ Immigrant Integration New American’s Gubernatorial Executive Order which was nationally recognized.  


Grace has dedicated her career to advancing social justice by working in the nonprofit and public sector systems for change, improvement through public policy development and implementation, social services provision, community organizing and engagement, and philanthropy. Grace most recently served as the President of Woods Fund Chicago from February 2012 to March 2019. Woods Fund Chicago is a bold grantmaking foundation that finds —and funds —projects that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of poverty and structural racism. 


Early in her career, she was the Executive Director of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) and has been a vocal advocate for immigrants’ rights. Grace is a child of immigrants from Taiwan and has lived and worked in Illinois since she was eight years old. She studied at the University of Illinois and has two teenage sons. She is the board chair of the Healthy Communities Foundation, a 2001 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow, a member of The Chicago Network and The Commercial Club, and a German Marshall fellow.

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Craig serves as Internal Advisor to the Chicago Commitment and On Nigeria teams at the MacArthur Foundation after serving the Foundation as Program Director for the Cities/Community Economic Development Program. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Craig was Vice President and Co-Director of the Low Wage Worker Communities unit of MDRC. Craig also served as a Senior Program Director for the James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco, where he managed the Foundation’s community and workforce development programs, and as a planner with the National Economic Development and Law Center (now Insight Center for Community Economic Development) where he managed the first Sector Employment Project. Craig also served as Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, first in the Office for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and later in the Urban Poverty Program in the Foundation’s New York office.


Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in New York.

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Nicole Johnson-Scales is senior vice president, head of community development for Fifth Third Bank Chicago, one of the fastest growing affiliates in the Fifth Third Bancorp network. She joined the company in November 2002 with more than 15 years of experience in banking and financial services. She is also a member of the affiliate’s executive management team. The Chicago affiliate has more than $10 billion in assets and has a strong commitment to investing in the communities the bank serves throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.


Ms. Johnson-Scales oversees the Bank’s community development efforts, charitable contributions and compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) within Fifth Third’s Chicago region, which consists of 160 banking centers in Illinois and NW Indiana. She serves as chair of Fifth Third Bank Chicago’s Community Advisory Board, which is comprised of notable community leaders who meet quarterly on the Bank’s community outreach strategy. Ms. Johnson-Scales is a visible and active liaison on behalf of the Bank throughout the Midwest. She has received numerous awards for her business, community service and philanthropic work, including Chicago Leader of Color (Chicago United), Most Powerful & Influential Women (National Diversity Council), Woman of Excellence (Chicago Defender) and Chicago’s Top 40 Game Changer (Ariel Investments & WVON). 


Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank Chicago, Ms. Johnson-Scales served as assistant vice president at Citibank. In this role, she was responsible for deepening relationships with businesses by promoting retail solutions.


Ms. Johnson-Scales earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds her MBA degree from Olivet Nazarene University.  


Ms. Johnson-Scales serves as a board member and contributor to a number of highly-respected organizations, including the YWCA. She is also an adjunct professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

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Imran Khan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Embarc, a leading organization in the movement for experiential learning. He has spent the last 12 years of his career, first as a teacher in the south side of Chicago, then as a nonprofit leader, connecting teachers and schools to learning beyond the classroom. Embarc has been recognized by the UChicago Consortium as one of the best at designing developmental experiences in the country. In the last nine years, Embarc has provided nearly 70,000 experiences for Chicago Public Schools students directly within the school day. Two years ago, Imran received a highly regarded Ashoka Fellowship. He is also an advisor to the MacArthur Foundation, the Workforce Funders Alliance, National Louis University and most recently the education transition committee of our Mayor, Lori Lightfoot. 

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Steven Koch most recently served as the Co-Executive Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of Motivate, a leading bike share company in North America. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Chicago from September, 2012 to August, 2017. His responsibilities included economic development, planning, job creation and development, budget issues, municipal finance, and revenue.


Prior to that, Koch spent 27 years at Credit Suisse. During his tenure at CS, he both ran and was the co-chairman of the global mergers and acquisitions business. Under his leadership, the M&A business had over 400 professionals and peak yearly revenues of $2.5 billion. Koch advised on landmark transactions in a wide variety of industries, which together comprised more than $1 trillion of transactions.


Koch has a long history of civic engagement. He currently serves as the Chair of the Boards of the Chicago Tech Collaborative and the Chicago River Task Force and sits on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust, mHUB, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Navy Pier Inc., The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, The James Beard Foundation and the visiting committee of the University of Chicago Law School. He helped develop and teaches in the Directors’ Consortium, a training seminar for directors of public companies, sponsored by the University of Chicago and Stanford University. He is a life trustee of the Francis Parker School. He previously served as the Chair of the Board of both the Sinai Health System of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository and as Co-Chair of the Green Ribbon Commission on Sustainability and Climate Change of the City of Chicago. Koch is also a member of SLoFIG and the Hyde Park Angels.


Koch received his BA from Hampshire College, his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his JD, cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. He was a Henry Luce Fellow and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Koch has three grown children.

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Aarti Kotak has nearly twenty years of experience in economic and real estate development, public policy and public-private finance. She currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Neighborhood Economic Development in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, particularly focusing on those neighborhoods most in need in the City--the West, Southwest and South sides.  She was one of the architects of and has led since inception the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, an innovative equity funding program that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs locating in commercial corridors on the City’s South, Southwest and West sides.  She also serves as Vice-President of the Chicago Development Fund and sits on the board of the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative.  Prior to her current role, she served as Managing Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), leading the Department’s Economic Development Bureau, where she led recruitment of companies including Method Home Products and Whole Foods to the City’s neighborhoods, managed the City’s TIF program and oversaw financial incentives and technical assistance to industrial and commercial businesses throughout the City.

Prior to joining the City, Aarti served as general counsel for the NATO Summit Host Committee and Choice Neighborhoods Director and Associate Counsel at the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH).  At POAH, she led the $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant POAH and the City received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to redevelop and revitalize the former Grove Parc Plaza Apartments complex in the Woodlawn community. Prior to POAH, she practiced law in the Land Use and Zoning and Real Estate practice groups of DLA Piper LLP (US).

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stanford Law School.

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Nima Krodel is Vice President at Nonprofit Finance Fund. In her current role, she is responsible for  designing and implementing national capacity building programs with funders and nonprofits through grants, loans, strategic advice, and knowledge. She also currently serves on the business unit leadership team, managing a team of senior consultants. In previous roles at NFF, Nima was a community development lender, responsible for regional relationship management with other CDFIs and capital partners, underwriting and portfolio management for nonprofit loans and New Markets Tax Credit investments. Prior to joining NFF, Nima worked for Goldman Sachs in the Municipal Finance and Infrastructure Group, where she covered non-profit healthcare and government clients. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including Chicago Foundation for Women's Asian American Leadership Council, past co-chair for Northern California Grantmakers Emergency Loan Fund, the career development committee of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and finance committee member of Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health policy nonprofit. Residing in Chicago, Nima is currently serving as an elected representative of Audubon Elementary’s Local School Council and as a founding board member of a start-up nonprofit capacity building organization for the west side of Chicago. Nima received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

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For the last 35 years, Tim Later had a role in planning and implementing some of Chicago’s noteworthy projects. At the City’s Department of Transportation he worked on McCormick Place expansions, Lake Shore Drive relocation, creation of the Museum Campus, Navy Pier redevelopment, United Center development, Wrigley field expansion and landmarking and numerous other projects citywide.

He also served as executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, overseeing residential and retail development in the West Haven community. Tim recently retired from the Chicago Park District, where for 12 years he was chief-of-staff to the District’s board of commissioners. He continues to consult with the District on various matters. He lives in Chicago’s Edgewater community.

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Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to state and local engagements, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu holds a degree in social policy and urban studies from Northwestern University. In 2015, she completed the High Impact Leadership Program at Columbia Business School.

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Susan Lloyd is president of Lloyd Consulting, Inc., a practice that specializes in the design, documentation, and review of urban development programs. She helped establish the Zilber Family Foundation in 2008, and ten years later, managed the transition to new executive leadership. Currently Susan works with two foundations, a commercial corridor initiative, a social enterprise that employs returning citizens, and a housing collaborative. Previously Susan directed neighborhood improvement and public housing programs at The MacArthur Foundation for 13 years; conducted academic research on poverty and violence for six years; and worked in human services for ten years. Susan holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, where she also was a National Science Foundation fellow on race and urban inequality.  

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Lisa Montez is the general counsel at the Walton Family Foundation. In this role, Lisa guides the foundation’s use of philanthropic tools to maximize social impact and provide advice on a wide range of legal matters, including compliance with the laws and regulations applicable to private foundations, formulation of governance and compliance policies, advising program staff with respect to grantmaking, and other general corporate and transactional matters.


Prior to joining the foundation, Lisa spent 10 years at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, most recently serving as its deputy general counsel and assistant secretary. In that role, she assisted the general counsel and secretary in providing advice and counsel on compliance with nonprofit tax laws and regulations, corporate and board governance matters, and grants and impact investments in nonprofit and for-profit U.S. and non-U.S. organizations. Lisa also coordinated the foundation’s pro bono counsel network.


In addition to her experience at MacArthur, Lisa has spent time at the McCormick Foundation and the Chicago office of Chapman and Cutler, where she practiced public finance law focused on bond financing and securitization of tax-exempt status.


Lisa is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.

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A native of Chicago, Andrew J. Mooney has had a long and distinguished career in community development and public affairs.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, Mr. Mooney has served in a number of high profile positions, including Executive Director and Board Chair of the Chicago Housing Authority;  Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago;  and Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.  He has served on numerous boards and commissions, and has been recognized for groundbreaking work in affordable housing and comprehensive neighborhood development.

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Julie Morita, MD, is Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she oversees all programming, policy, research and communications activities. As the nation’s largest private philanthropy dedicated solely to improving the nation’s health, RWJF is focused on building a comprehensive Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

Before joining RWJF, Morita helped lead the Chicago Department of Public Health for nearly two decades, first as a medical director, then as chief medical officer. In 2015, she was appointed to the department’s top position, commissioner. In that role, she oversaw the public health needs of 2.7 million residents in the nation’s third largest city. Born and raised in Chicago, Morita earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota.

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Chinwe Onyeagoro is the CEO of PocketSuite. PocketSuite is a venture-backed, mobile business management app for self-employed professionals to get booked, paid, and communicate with their clients. The app empowers thousands of service professionals (from dog trainers, fitness trainers, and beauty professionals to cleaners, contractors and therapists) to make extra income and run their own business from the palm of their hand. PocketSuite processes $80+ million in payments a year for 250,000+ consumers and their service professionals.


Chinwe served as President & Chief Strategy Officer of Great Place to Work®. She worked with high growth and Fortune 500 companies to accelerate the performance of their leaders. Chinwe led M&A integration, change management, and leadership effectiveness work with executives at the largest telecommunications company, the largest healthcare companies, and the fastest growing SaaS companies in the world.


She has worked for two top management consultancies (McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group – acquired by Deloitte in 2013). She has served as a strategic advisor to Fortune 1000 corporations, banks, and financial institutions, as well as small and medium enterprises in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in growth strategy, performance acceleration, and finance.


Previously, she founded O-H Community Partners (OHcp), an economic development consulting firm that worked with national banks and foundations as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. She also founded FundWell, a financial services technology firm, which partnered with over 300 commercial lenders and raised a combined $150 million in financing for small businesses and social enterprises across the country. Prior to OHcp, Chinwe worked as one of four investment advisors, directly for Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, overseeing the Pritzker Realty Group’s $3 billion in real estate assets.


Chinwe has co-authored publications with the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, focused on business financing and financial health. She presented a TED Talk about access to capital and the small business loan market. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Reuters, TechCrunch, Crain’s Chicago Business, Essence, and more. She serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested over $2 Billion in small and medium enterprises that create good jobs in communities.


She holds an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Chinwe relishes the opportunity to help business leaders raise capital, grow their business, create good jobs, and contribute to the economic health and stability of communities. When she is not working with businesses, she enjoys creative non-fiction writing, caring for her two toddlers, hiking with her husband, Yang, and learning new languages and cultures.

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Lynn Osmond is President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), formerly the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing a comprehensive program of architecture tours, exhibitions, public programs and youth education. In summer 2018, CAC unveiled its new 20,000 square foot home, prominently located in a Mies-designed building on the Chicago River, and featuring a major skyscraper exhibition and expansive scale model of Chicago. Since Osmond’s tenure began in 1996, the CAC has realized terrific year-over-year growth in revenue and is now ranked among the top 10 largest Chicago cultural institutions (with an annual visitorship of 680,000 people).

Osmond is the founding chair of the Association of Architecture Organizations and serves on the boards of Choose Chicago, the Magnificent Mile, and the International Women’s Forum. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, and the Commercial Club, and among others. She is a certified docent for the CAC and a regular speaker on architecture and design.

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Sarah Pang serves as president of the One Chicago Fund, which supports partnerships between Chicago neighborhoods, nonprofits, government, and business to amplify the positives and address Chicago’s challenges.  


She also served as an SVP at CNA for 17 years. In government, she spent nine+ years as first deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley, and ten years as an assistant to U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon.


Board memberships include the RTA, Lincoln Park Zoo and Civic Federation. She served as senior advisor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s 2019 transition and chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 and 2015 transitions.

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Heather D. Parish, Co-Executive Director, came to the Pierce Family Foundation in 2013 with over 17 years of experience as an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations engaged in housing, community development and capacity building initiatives. She was named Co-Executive Director of the foundation in January 2019. Heather currently holds memberships in the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP), Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP), the Harvard Club of Chicago and the California Alumni Association. She currently serves on the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Advocacy Committee and the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Sensible Growth Committee. Previously, she served as a board member for the Illinois Finance Authority, the Illinois State Board of Investment and the Wieboldt Foundation. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Heather worked as a Public Finance Associate with Prudential Securities Incorporated, as a Senior Consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick’s Government Services Practice, and as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in Housing, Community Development and Urban Economic Development.

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Priya Parrish is Managing Partner at Impact Engine, a venture capital and private equity investment firm focused on companies that generate positive outcomes in education, health, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Impact Engine, she served as Chief Investment Officer at Schwartz Capital Group, a single-family office investing across global markets. Previously, Priya was Strategy Head at Aurora Investment Management, a multi-billion-dollar manager of hedge fund portfolios, and managed product development of investment products that incorporated environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors at Northern Trust Asset Management and KLD Research & Analytics. Priya currently serves as Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she teaches and mentors students about impact investing strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Terry Peterson is the vice president of corporate and external affairs at Rush University Medical Center and the chairperson of Rush’s Diversity Leadership Council. Mr. Peterson’s primary responsibilities include leading, developing and implementing federal, state and local government relations initiatives for Rush. He is also tasked with exploring health disparities and works with providers, government, and community leadership to address inequities in healthcare delivery in Chicago and Cook County. 


Mr. Peterson also serves as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board. He was appointed to that position in October 2009 by Mayor Richard M. Daley and retained by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Peterson oversees the business of the Chicago Transit Authority and works closely with CTA’s day-to-day senior leadership.


Mr. Peterson’s other professional accomplishments include:


Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago State University and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.


Mr. Peterson currently serves on the board of Chicago Transit Authority, Roosevelt University, Navy Pier, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), One Chicago Foundation, Chicago Fire Department Foundation, City of Chicago Plan Commission, and is a member of the Executives’ Club and the Economic Club of Chicago.

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Erika Poethig is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at the Urban Institute. She leads the Research to Action Lab, which is an innovation hub serving decisionmakers and creative thinkers eager to effect social change.   The Lab draws on the breadth and depth of Urban’s research insights to test new strategies and develop cutting-edge tools, programs and trainings, as well as provide strategic advice to public, philanthropic, nonprofit and private sector leaders. Before joining Urban, Poethig was acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Development, and Research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration.

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As President of the Field Foundation, Angelique led a process that resulted in placing racial equity in the center of its work. Using evidence-driven heat mapping, the Field Foundation analyzed how inequity has been designed into Chicago and created a new philanthropic model in response. Today, Field focuses its investments on the visionaries who live on the south and west sides of Chicago, often leading systemic intervention work, often African Latinx Asian Arab Native American (ALAANA) organizations. Field has also rethought evaluation, investments, board and staff and its responsibility and accountability to Chicago. In 2019, the Field Foundation entered into partnerships with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Democracy Fund to build a new Media and Storytelling Program and to begin giving directly to individuals through the Leaders for a New Chicago awards. These initiatives join Field’s focus on Justice, Art and Leadership Investment. Power chairs the boards of 6018NORTH and Enrich Chicago, an organization she co-founded that focuses on racial equity in the arts. Angelique is also on the board of Forefront Illinois, Grantmakers in the Arts and cochaired the Leadership Transition Team for Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first openly gay, black female mayor. 

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John Ramirez is the Chief Product Officer at P33, a city-leading organization to transform Chicago into a tier one technology and innovation hub and promote inclusive economic growth. As P33's CPO, John works to ensure P33's collective work delivers the highest impact possible for all Chicagoans. John is a builder and do-er: growing tech startup's, starting new organizations, and tackling Chicago's most pressing challenges. He has recently led efforts at Chicago CRED, Fast Radius, and World Business Chicago.


John is a native Chicagoan, born and raised on the Southwest side of the City. He has a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois, an MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is on the Board of Directors for Instituto del Progreso Latino, Illinois Humanities, and the Greater Chatham Initiative. He is also member of Leadership Greater Chicago’s Fellowship Class of 2016.

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Matt is the President and CEO of National Equity Fund, Inc. (NEF), the nation’s leading nonprofit syndicator of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. He leads a team of 150 industry experts who work closely with community-based organizations, developers, policymakers and impact investors to create and preserve affordable housing across the country. Over the last three decades, NEF has invested more than $15.6 billion to fuel nearly 2,700 developments, 177,000 affordable homes, and 215,000 jobs.


Previously, Matt was Managing Director of Community Development at JPMorgan Chase overseeing the bank’s New Markets Tax Credit program and relationships with CDFIs. Matt is the Board Chair of the Chicago Community Loan Fund, and serves on the Boards of the Metropolitan Planning Council and Timeline Theatre. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Matt was a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow in 2011 and was one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” in 2013. Matt lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

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Lyneir Richardson is the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers University-Newark in Newark, NJ, where he leads capacity-building programs that have assisted over 400 entrepreneurs. He is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School, where his commitment to teaching, advising and coaching students intersects with his entrepreneurial experience and his passion for equitable economic development.

Lyneir is also CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social enterprise startup working to stimulate, foster and invest in retail development to strengthen city neighborhoods. TREND was launched in 2017 with $7M of funding from two prestigious impact investors. By closing investment deals, securing additional funding and developing the firm’s project pipeline, Lyneir is leading TREND out of its pilot phase, with the goal for the firm to be profitable by the end of 2019.

Lyneir has served as Chief Executive Officer of the primary economic development corporation in Newark, NJ, for two different mayoral administrations. He was Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc. where he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities. Early in his career, Lyneir founded his first company and was named a U.S. Small Business Administration \"Young Entrepreneur of the Year\" while in his 20s. Lyneir started his career as a corporate attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago.

Lyneir graduated from Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, New Growth Innovation Network, Newark Arts Council and the Cook County Land Bank. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund Board and as a Commissioner on the Chicago Plan Commission.

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Dubbed “The Change Maker” by Chicago Splash Magazine, Rob leads the Cook County Land Bank Authority, an organization that reclaims distressed properties and clean them up to make them desirable for new buyers. Rob has a strong vision for the future with the ability to execute that vision among diverse stakeholders bolstered by his extensive background in finance, real estate and community development. He has received numerous awards including the NHS Community Impact Award, Chicago Defender Men of Excellence and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.  Rob has an MBA from Cornell University and BBA from St. Edward’s University.

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Jesse Ruiz is the Deputy Governor for Education in Governor JB Pritzker’s administration, overseeing the state’s education system from early childhood through higher education, as well as the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


Prior to joining the administration, Ruiz served as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Group of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and legal counsel to Gov. Pritzker’s transition committee. Throughout his career, Ruiz has also dedicated time to public service. He currently serves as the President of the Chicago Bar Association and he previously served as President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners, Commissioner on the Public Building Commission, Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education, Interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, Commissioner on the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission, Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee, and Commissioner on the Chicago Public Schools Desegregation Monitoring Commission.


Ruiz received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable, and studied under then-professors Barack Obama and Elena Kagan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The son of Mexican immigrants, Jesse is a life-long Chicagoan and is married to fellow attorney Michele Ruiz. They have two sons, Jonathan and Benjamin.

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Andrea Sáenz is chief operating officer for The Chicago Community Trust. Sáenz joined the Trust after serving as the Chicago Public Library system’s first deputy commissioner and chief strategy officer. Previously, Andrea served as chief of staff at Chicago Public Schools, policy advisor for career and technical education at the US Department of Education, and executive director of HACE, a national organization working to increase Latinos' success in professional careers. Andrea earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from Scripps College. She serves as a mentor at 1871, Chicago’s tech entrepreneurship hub, and serves on the boards of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, Chicago Learning Exchange, Chicago Public Library Foundation, James Dyson Foundation, and as chairperson of Instituto del Progreso Latino.

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Jane M. Saks is the Founding President and Artistic Director of Project&, an arts entity focused on cultural production with social impact. She is a cultural alchemist, arts advocate, creative collaborator and producer, as well as a writer and educator. Her work challenges and champions issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, race and power within the worlds of arts and culture, politics and civil rights, academia and philanthropy.

Project& collaborates and partners with artists to create new models of cultural participation & experiences with social impact. We focus our work through artistic excellence in three areas: Global Dialogues, Innovative Studios and the Project& Fellowships that are collaborations with individual artists to create groundbreaking and original, multidisciplinary productions and work. The duration of Project& Fellowships are dictated by the nature of the initiative.

Project& creates a broad program of inventive and unconventional models of cultural participation that work to: reinforce agency, creative voice and common humanity, support risk-taking and innovative artistic excellence, stimulate dialogue and new ways of expression, invest in and collaborate with bold artists, creators and partners, and create conditions for uncharted chain reactions exploring essential social and societal experiences and issues.

Our extraordinary collaborators include emergent as well as award-winning artists—such as MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, MacArthur Fellow and Avery Fisher Prize-winning flutist Claire Chase, acclaimed visual artist Hank Willis Thomas, Award winning composer, Marcos Balter, accomplished scholar and artist E. Patrick Johnson, Scholar, Poet, Eve L Ewing, Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Du Yun, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Yance Ford, Hon. Albie Sachs, South Africa Constitutional Court Judge, antiapartheid leader and scholar, and innovative multi-disciplinary artists, Kaneza Schaal, Chris Myers and Cheryl Pope.

From 2005 - 2014, she was the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. Under her leadership, the Institute offered an innovative approach to merging arts and cultural production with critical theory, research, activism and education – the first and only entity of its kind in the nation. The award-winning Fellowship program she conceived and created garnered international acclaim, launching works that have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur “Genius” Awards, Obie Awards and Guggenheim Awards.

She is an artist and the creator, writer, curator, producer, creative advisor and series producer on many original creative works in various media and art forms including: “Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South,” “MILKWEED,” “Congo: Women Portraits of War,” (which has traveled internationally to over 25 venues including the U.N., New York and Geneva, the Nobel Peace Center, Sweden, Yale University, Connecticut, Brussels Parliament and the US Congress and Senate as part of the hearings on Darfur and the DRC), “Ruined,” JOMAMA JONES, *RADIATE, and the award-winning international radio series in partnership with Chicago Public Media and National Public Radio “Gender, Human Rights, Leadership and Media.”

Recent initiatives include, the creator and curator of “Working in America,” a multi-media initiative (working.org) including a traveling photo exhibition, a 12 part, week long radio series airing on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” and online living archive, Your Working Story, inspired by Studs Terkel and his influential book, “Working” (1974), “Truth Booth” and “Question Bridge,” in collaboration with Cause Collective and Hank Willis Thomas, “Just Yell, Poetry as Self-Defense” Youth Response to Violence in partnership with Cheryl Pope, “The Reading Project,” in collaboration with Lynn Nottage, Tony Gerber and “PAN” in collaboration with Claire Chase, flutes, and Marcos Balter, Composer and Doug Fitch Director.

As a published poet and writer, Saks collaborates with artists including Kerry James Marshall, Jim Hodges and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. She is writing for Phaidon Press on Jim Hodges for the forthcoming book monograph on his life’s work, so far, and she will publish several poems in early 2020.

She has served and serves on numerous boards including: Cultural Advisory Council for the City of Chicago, Trustee, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Advisory Board, Award Winning OTV, Board member, Obama LGBT Committee and Arts Committee (past), International Institute for the Study of Race, Board Member, Radio Diaries of National Public Radio, Advisory Member, South African Constitutional Court Artworks and Architecture Committee, LGBT Pride Tank, and the Programming Committee and Women’s Leadership Committee of the Council on Foreign Affairs. She served as a Judge on the regional panel for the White House Fellows program during the Obama Administration.

She is an invited lecturer at civic, cultural and educational institutions internationally – including: the United Nations, School of the Art Institute, The Aspen Museum, The Nobel Center, Aspen Institute, Aspen Ideas Festival, New York University, Arts Alliance of Illinois, University of Chicago, UCLA, the White House, Americans for the Arts, U.S. Department of Justice, Harvard University, MIT, Public Institutions of the Criminal Justice System, Yale University, Field Museum of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, The New School, Grant Makers in the Arts, Whitney Museum of Art, USArtists, Music Academy of California, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, UNFPA, and the U.S. State Department.

She has been a Visiting Critic at Yale, will be a visiting lecturer at MIT. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Rome University.

Awards and Honors include: Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (2005); Women of Valor Award (2008); Business and Professionals in the Public Interest “40 Who Have Made a Difference” Award (2008); LGBT Arts Leaders Who Work for Equity, Racial Justice and Human Rights (United Nations High Commissioner Award 2010)


Inductee, City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame (2008); Leppen Leadership Award, About Face Theatre (2009); Impact Award, Chicago Foundation for Women (2010); Visionary Award: Rape Victim Advocates (2010); BeyondMedia Education: Media Justice Award (2010); Changing Worlds Leadership Award (2014); Pride Index Leadership Award In recognition of her partnership with and support of the African American LGBT communities (2013); Fellow, International Leadership Program, National Arts Strategies (2011-2013). 


Jane was included in Kerry James Marshall’s city of Chicago 2017 permanent public mural on Chicago’s Cultural Center building depicting 20 Women who have influenced the arts and culture of the city of Chicago, including: Oprah Winfrey, Gwendolyn Brooks, Achy Obejas, Sandra Cisneros, Margaret Burrows, Maggie Daley, Barbara Gaines, and Barbara Jones-Hogu.

In June 2019 she was selected by GO Magazine as one of the national “100 Women We Love”.

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City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado has focused his more than 20-year career on improving education and economic opportunities for residents in low-income communities. As Chancellor, he oversees Chicago's community college system, serving more than 80,000 students across seven colleges. From 2001 to 2017, he served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino, where he worked to empower residents of Chicago’s Southwest Side through education, citizenship, and skill-building programs that led to sustainable employment and economic stability.


Chancellor Salgado is a community college graduate himself, earning an associate degree from Moraine Valley Community College, prior to earning a Bachelors degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Chancellor Salgado has been nationally recognized for his work, including as a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, one of the most prestigious innovation prizes in the United States. Among his civic commitments, he serves as a board member of the Obama Foundation.

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Tim Schwertfeger, former CEO of Nuveen Investments, was the driving force behind a new era at Nuveen, transforming the 106-year-old, Chicago-based firm into a premier investment management company. Tim established the Chicago Scholars Foundation with his wife Gail Waller in 1996, and the Best Portion Foundation upon his retirement. In addition to Chicago Scholars, Tim currently serves on the following boards of which he is a Founding Director: Clean Energy Trust, Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, Kids First Chicago, LEAP Innovations, and The Partnership for College Completion. Tim is Chair of the Thrive Chicago Board and currently serves on the Board of Directors of A Better Chicago and, One Chicago Fund. Past Boards of which Tim served and is a Founding Director include: The Public Education Fund and Past Chairman and, the Chicago Renaissance Schools Fund. He is the Co-Founder of the Ariel Nuveen Investment Program, which teaches children hands-on investment skills. He has served as the Chair of College Summit, Chicago, and Chair of Chicago United. Tim also has served as a member of the Civic Committee of Chicago and its Education Committee, and a Director of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce.


Tim received his Bachelor in Economics and Finance from Northwestern University and attended the Georgetown University where he received his Juris Doctor with a focus on business and finance. He attended Harvard’s Business School Advanced Management Program, and the post graduate Stanford University Program in the Humanities.

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Whitney S. Smith, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase, leads the Global Philanthropy team for the Central region (13 states in the U.S. from Minnesota to Texas and Canada) , which includes $40MM in grant-making aimed at improving economic opportunity for people in the region.  Specific priorities include workforce readiness, consumer financial health, small business development, and affordable housing.


Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Whitney was with the Joyce Foundation for ten years where she was a Senior Program Director managing both the Employment Program portfolio supporting workforce and skill development initiatives, as well as the Joint Fund for Education and Employment.  Prior to joining the Joyce Foundation, Whitney was associate director of the Chicago Jobs Council and worked with homeless families in New York. 


Whitney is the Vice Chair of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Board of Directors, and is the co-founder of Workforce Matters and of the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance.  She sits on several national advisory boards and panels, including the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.   Whitney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

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Ms. Steans currently serves as President of Advance Illinois, a bipartisan, nonprofit education policy and advocacy organization working to ensure every child in Illinois has access to quality schools and leader in the effort to create a more equitable school funding formula. She is also Board Chair of the Steans Family Foundation, where she helps guide education and community development grant making in the North Lawndale community. A longtime public-school parent, Robin Steans has spent over twenty years working on public school reform. She served as Issues Director of the Small Schools Coalition, as Associate Director of Leadership for Quality Education, and taught at public high schools in Boston, San Francisco and Chicago before going on to earn her law degree.

Ms. Steans serves as a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center and is co-founder and past Board Chair of the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago. She helped found and currently serves as a Director of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School and has served on two Local School Councils.


Robin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University, received her master’s degree in Education from Stanford University, and attended law school at the University of Chicago, where she graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif. She is married and has three children, all of whom attended and graduated from Chicago Public Schools.

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Luke Tate serves as associate vice president and executive director of opportunity initiatives at Arizona State University, leveraging emerging scientific and technological innovations to expand economic opportunity for all Americans. He is also professor of practice in ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, a senior sustainability scholar at ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute.


Luke most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Mobility on the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he ran a team working on economic mobility, urban policy, poverty, technology and access to opportunity, open data, housing, homelessness, and long-term disaster recovery. He previously served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as senior advisor for urban policy, and as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Luke was a member of the Presidential Transition team. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he worked on community policy in the Office of the Governor of Arizona. He grew up in central Phoenix, Arizona and is a graduate of Harvard University.


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Dr. William W. Towns is a scholar, activist, and practitioner, dedicated to helping solve civic and urban issues at the structural level. As the Executive Director of Benefit Chicago, he leads the impact investing strategies in the social enterprise sector across the Chicago region. He serves on numerous boards and committees, within the housing, health care, banking, and education sectors.


Dr. Towns is an Adjunct Lecturer of Social Impact at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received a BA from Loyola University Chicago, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D., from Benedictine University.


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Bradford J. White is the Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based private foundation working for an equitable, just and humane society.  Previously, he focused on affordable housing and community development.  Brad was appointed by President Obama as a Public Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2011; he was reappointed in 2014.  He led its task force on Historic Preservation and Rightsizing and directed the development of a policy statement on community revitalization. Brad is on the Board of Enrich Chicago, a not-for-profit organization focused on racial equity and inclusion in the arts.  He is a member of ULI-Chicago, serves on its program committee, and has participated in numerous technical assistance panels and task forces. He is the former Chair of Landmarks Illinois, Preservation Action, and the Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha.

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Alonzo Williams has spent his entire career serving Chicago’s youth and communities across the city for 22 years. He launched his career in public service as Center Director at Chicago Park District’s Midway Plaisance Park. In addition to “the Midway” as it is commonly referred to, Alonzo was responsible for six nearby playgrounds. Alonzo started all operations and programming from scratch. 


After a successful run as Center Director, Alonzo was promoted to Area Manager in the high profile Lakefront Region where his leadership earned him a promotion to Director of Lakefront Operations. After a re-organization within the District, Alonzo was promoted to Deputy Director of Program Services & Special Events where he increased the number of programs by leveraging resources from both not-for-profit and community based groups. Alonzo’s leadership was then needed in the District’s permits division where he served as Deputy Director of Park Services.


As Director of Revenue, Alonzo is responsible for bringing in nearly $80M in revenue each year. He directly oversees management contracts such as Soldier Field, Harbors, Golf Courses, Northerly Island Concert Venue, Concessions, Cellular Telephone Towers, Martin Luther King Entertainment Center, Ice Rinks, parking lots, beverage and vending machines.


As Chief Program Officer, Alonzo is responsible for the Community Recreation Department which focuses on the Park District's core mission of providing high quality recreation and leisure opportunities to Chicago residents and visitors. Programs are offered city-wide within the South, Central, and North Regions.


Over the years he has established positive working relationships with colleagues at sister agencies as well as other park and recreation organizations.  He willingly and regularly shares information and facilitates conversations that benefit everyone.

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Caira Woods, Ph.D. is Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she has been instrumental in developing and advancing the foundation’s U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy, a national effort to increase the number and range of actors committed to dramatically increasing mobility from poverty. Dr. Woods oversees investment portfolios dedicated to improving public understanding of mobility barriers and solutions as well as enabling greater coordination in the field.

Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Woods served in senior advisory roles at the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she provided leadership on policy priorities including opioids, advancing equity and empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women. In addition, Dr. Woods previously held positions at the U.S. House of Representatives; National Institutes of Health; and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Outside of the office, she remains committed to civic engagement, serving on the boards of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and Thompson-Markward Hall. Dr. Woods is a proud alumna of New York University and Spelman College, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods.


In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight for youth equity by fueling ideas, organizations, and people. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 14 local nonprofit organizations and a community leader that fight for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Beyond funding, the team works hand-in-hand with their investment partners to provide the strategic support and thought partnership they need to achieve their goals and reach more young people. Because there is no single barrier to equity, Chicago Beyond invests in everything from education, to youth safety, to health and wellness, and beyond.  


Dozier’s ambition is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger High School, which at the time was known as one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago, Fenger experienced a decrease in its dropout rate from 19% to 2%, a 40% increase in Freshman On-Track to graduate, and double-digit increases in attendance and the school’s state graduation rate. Keenly aware of how traumatic events outside of the classroom were affecting her students, Dozier’s method to turn Fenger around also included the adoption of restorative justice and mental health and wellness strategies. Dozier's work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times Best Seller How Children Succeed by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series Chicagoland, and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health, The Obama Foundation Summit, and SXSW.