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Board of Directors


Robert A. Wislow, Co-Founder, Parkside Realty, Inc.


Wendy Berger, President, WBS Equities

David R. Casper, U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group

Marcy R. Carlin, Senior Vice President, Essex Investment Management

Michael Fassnacht, Chief Marketing Officer, City of Chicago

Linda Filler, Civic Leader

Jose Martinez, Managing Partner, DHR International


Bruce Sagan, Publisher, Herald Newspapers, Inc.


Cindy Pritzker, Civic Leader

Chairman Emerita


  • Heather Alger
    Managing Director, PNC Capital Markets
  • Margaret Baczkowski
    Senior Broker, @properties
  • Jodi Block
    Civic Leader
  • Kathleen Boege
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Security, Wintrust
  • Marcy R. Carlin
    Sr. Vice President, Essex Investment Management
  • Esther Choy

    Founder & President, Leadership Story Lab
  • Michelle Collins
    President, Cambium, LLC
  • Monique Brinson Demery
    Historian & Author
  • Elizabeth Donnelley
    Civic Leader
  • Deirdre C. Drake
    Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Hear of Corporate Communications & Corporate Director, US Cellular Corporation
  • Linda Filler
    Civic Leader
  • Jennifer Friedes
    Civic Leader; Independent Writing & Editing Professional
  • Mark Gartland
    Sales Consultant, Crossland Literacy
  • Graham C. Grady
    Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • Jacqueline Griesdorn
    Educator, Francis Parker School
  • Suren Gupta
    Executive Vice President, Technology & Operations, The Allstate Corporation
  • Francia Harrington
    Civic Leader
  • Adam Hecktman
    Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Chicago, Microsoft
  • Steve Hendry
    Special Advisor, Access Entertainment
  • David F. Heroy
    Independent Counsel
  • Adam Hoeflich
    Partner, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Archana Kumar
    Chief Operating Officer, Asset Management, Northern Trust
  • Andrew Ladd
    Strategist, Upstream Thinking
  • Donna LaPietra
    Executive Vice President, Kurtis Productions
  • Roger Liew
    Operating Partner, Impact Engine
  • Bryan Logan
    Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Dane Mathews
    Chief Digital Officer, Taco Bell
  • Cheryl Mayberry McKissack
    Founder & CEO, Nia Enterprises LLC
  • Trisha Mowbray
    Attorney, Jones Day
  • Joseph Nigro
    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Exelon
  • Andrés Ordonéz
    Chief Creative Officer, FCB
  • Sheila Owens
    Director, Donor Relations, Boys and Girls Hope Illinois
  • Linda Johnson Rice
    Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company, LLC
  • Trisha Rooney
    President, R4 Services, Inc.
  • Andrea Sáenz
    Interim President & CEO, Chicago Community Trust
  • Mary Lee Schneider
    President & CEO, SG360° 
  • Rodd M. Schreiber
    Retired Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Mark Sproat
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Follett Corporation
  • Laurence P. Szumski
    Vice President, Customer Relations, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
  • Cherryl Thomas
    Chief Strategy Officer, Ardmore Roderick Associates
  • Wade Thomson
    Partner, Jenner & Block
  • Elizabeth Tulach, CFA, CPA
    Deputy Chief Investment Officer, The Boeing Company
  • Michael Wilson
    Principal, Risk Consulting, KPMG LLP
  • Suzanne Yoon
    Founder & Principal, Kinzie Capital Partners

Life Directors

  • John L. Brennan
    Partner, Head of Investment Counseling, William Blair & Company LLC
  • Rocco J. deGrasse, J.D.
    Managing Director, The Claro Group
  • James R. Donnelley (in memoriam)
  • Paul H. Dykstra
    Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sondra B. Epstein (in memoriam)

  • James F. Feldstein
    President, Feldstein Company, LLC
  • Marshall Field
    Chairman, The Old Mountain Company
  • Stanley M. Freehling
    Adivsory Director, Lehman Bros (Retired)
  • J. Ira Harris
    J.I. Harris & Associates
  • Leslie S. Hindman
    President & CEO, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
  • James H. Lowry
    Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
  • Carlette McMullan
    Principal, Willliam Blair
  • John Rau
    President & CEO, Miami Corporation
  • Frank A. Rossi
    Chairman, FAR Holdings Co., L.L.C.
  • Charlie A. Schrock
    President & CEO, Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (retired)
  • Maureen Dwyer Smith
    Civic Leader
  • Linda J. Stephans
    Institutional Consulting Director & Managing Director, Graystone Consulting
  • Ella D. Strubel
    Managing Director, EllaQuent Designs
  • Audrey Bables Tuggle
    Civic Leader
  • Dia S. Weil
    President, CEO and Director, Mercantec, Inc.

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