Young professionals (ages 25-40) who want to support the Chicago Public Library Foundation can join the Associate Council or the Associate Board.

Associate Council

Associate Council members help advance the Foundation’s mission with an annual gift of $150. They are invited to several events that are hosted by the Associate Board and receive a special ticket rate to the Carl Sandburg Awards Dinner. What’s more, Associate Council members have the chance to get reserved seating for Chicago Public Library author talks and events.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the group, simply fill out the Associate Council donation form and you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to stay engaged with events, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Associate Board

Joining the Associate Board is a great opportunity for active young professionals to get engaged in the Foundation’s fundraising efforts while meeting like minded individuals who believe in the free and open access to knowledge and learning for all Chicagoans. Each April, the Associate Board hosts Night in the Stacks, a major fundraising event benefiting programs at Chicago Public Library. The group also hosts other fundraising events throughout the year.
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How to Join

Associate Board candidates are considered twice a year in spring and fall. If you are interested in joining the group, please fill out the Associate Board Application and send it to our Membership Chair at For detailed information on Associate Board requirements, check out our Associate Board frequently asked questions.

The Associate Board 2017 Leadership Committee

MichelleBess_2016Michelle Bess, Sprout Social

Aarti NagarajuAarti Nagaraju, fairlife, LLC
Vice President

NikkiKidd-150x150Nikki Kidd, Right Turn Marketing
Chair of Communications

Jessica Mayberry-150x150Jessica Mayberry, JLL
Chair of Events

DanaAgusto_2016Dana Agusto, KPMG
Chair of Finance

KathleenJacob-150x150Kathleen Jacob, After School Matters
Chair of Membership

Associate Board

Anna Akers-Pecht, Erikson Institute
Khadija Ali, Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Brian Amoah, Zemming
Erin Bodendorfer, Katz & Stefani
Nicole Buikema, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Corporation
Angela Burke, Chef Groupie
Colleen Callaghan, Dialogtech
Kate Chapman, Startwood Properties
Elena Cincione, Power & Cronin, Ltd.
Alani Colon, Mars, Inc.
Aurelija Fitzpatrick, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
Brett Geschke, Smith Amundsen, LLC
Mary Grady, BMO Harris Bank
Annie Hambleton, @Properties
Ellen Har, CapitalPlus Exchange
Laura Hayes, Walgreens
Annie Herbstman, Sidley Austin
Maureen Horonzy, University of Chicago Law School
Christie Lacy, Victory Park Capital Advisors
Marc Levy, SapientRazorfish
Dominique McKoy, OneGoal
Eugene Minon, Clarity Partners
Anne Morrissy, The Apostal Group at Keller Williams
Trisha Mowbray, Jones Day
Avani Narang, Indus Management Group
Katie Ori, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Kelly Oswald, JLL
Joy Rooney
Trevor Scheetz, Sperling & Slater
Patrick Shannon, United Airlines
Zach Smith, PepsiCo
Ryan Sniatecki
Kim Speckmann, FCB Chicago
Charles Vogt, SmithAmundsen LLC
Brooke Ward, FCB Chicago
Jamie Ward, Jones Day
Jessica Westerkamp, Allstate
Becky Whitehurst, Schiff Hardin LLP


original members founded the group in 2012


total Board & Society members in 2017


attendees at Night in the Stacks each April


raised in support of Library programs since 2013