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Board of Directors


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


Wendy Berger, President, WBS Equities

David R. Casper, President, Chief Executive Officer & Group Head Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank

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
  • Esther Choy

    Founder & President, Leadership Story Lab
  • Michelle Collins

    President, Cambium, LLC
  • Monique Brinson Demery

    Historian & Author
  • Deirdre C. Drake

    Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Hear of Corporate Communications & Corporate Director, US Cellular Corporation
  • Angela Euston

    Director of Member Relations, Independent Medical Co-op
  • Jennifer Friedes

    Civic Leader; Independent Writing & Editing Professional
  • 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

    Vice President, Precision Marketing, Conagra
  • 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
  • Randy Rivera

    Executive Director, FinTEx
    Founder & Principal, Keen Advisors
  • Trisha Rooney

    President, R4 Services, Inc.
  • Andrea Sáenz

    Chief Operating Officer, Chicago Community Trust
  • Rodd M. Schreiber

    Retired Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Mark Sproat

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Follett Corporation
  • Lawrence P. Szumski

    Vice President, Customer Relations, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas
  • Cherryl Thomas

    President & CEO, Ardmore Roderick Associates
  • Wade Thompson

    Partner, Jenner & Block
  • Elizabeth Tulach, CFA, CPA

    Deputy Chief Investment Officer, The Boeing Company
  • Michael Wilson

    Principal, KPMG LLC
  • 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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