48 civic-minded leaders from across sectors selected for region’s most prestigious civic leadership development program. One SSA staff member and two SSA alumnae are among the Fellows: Adrian Talbott, Verneé Green, AM '08, and Hina Mahmood, AM '13.
Chicago, Illinois (June 5, 2019) – Today, Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) announced its 2020 Class of LGC Fellows, the largest class of Fellows in LGC’s 35-year history. This select group of 48 accomplished and diverse individuals represents a cross-section of professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors. They share the organization’s mission to effect transformative change in the community, and join a legacy of building and strengthening the pipeline of civic leaders who will lead the future of Chicago and the region.
Over the course of the 10-month LGC Signature Fellows Program, starting in September, participants will be immersed in key socioeconomic issues facing our city and the region through full-day seminars, community site visits, discussion groups, conversations with subject matter experts, cultural events, and experiential learning opportunities.
“We are in the midst of an unprecedented time of transition as a city, region, and state – one that calls on all of us to be bold in our approach to making transformative changes,” said Maria Wynne, LGC Chief Executive Officer. “Welcoming the largest class of Fellows in LGC history signifies Chicago’s continued commitment to civic engagement. It also illustrates the persistent need to provide leaders with a deep understanding of critical socioeconomic issues and their interconnectedness in order to deliver lasting impact and to successfully navigate today's complex and diverse society. On behalf of the LGC Board of Directors, I congratulate our new Fellows and look forward to their contributions to ensure a united and inclusive future for all who call Chicago home.”
The 2020 LGC Fellows are:
Ciere Boatright – Vice President Real Estate & Inclusion, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Inc.
Tim Bresnahan – Senior Director of Gift Planning, The Chicago Community Trust
Andrew Broy – President, Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Sarah Burke – Director, Corporate and Foundation Giving, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Dr. Kathleen Caliento – Chief Learning and Design Officer, The Academy Group
Jason Coleman – Co-Founder/Executive Director, Project SYNCERE
Aimée Eubanks Davis – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Braven
Justin DeJong – Vice President, Enterprise Communications, American Medical Association
Rev. Julian DeShazier – Senior Minister, University Church
Beth Gallagher – Director of Community Involvement, Aon
Rodrigo Garcia – Deputy Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer, Illinois State Treasurer
Corliss Garner – Vice President and Senior Advisor, Office of Inclusion, BMO Harris Bank
Nevin Gewertz – Partner, Bartlit Beck LLP
Kevin Goldsmith – Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase
Verneé Green, AM '08 – Chief Program Officer, Mikva Challenge
Chaula Gupta – Vice President, Program & Engagement, The Chicago Public Education Fund
Dylan Hall – Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Safe Rate Inc.
Christa Hamilton – Chief Executive Officer /Executive Director, Centers for New Horizons, Inc.
Emily Heath – Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, United Airlines
Taneka Jennings – Deputy Director, The HANA Center
Brian Johnson – Chief Executive Officer, Equality Illinois
Miguel Keberlein – Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
Tomoko Kizawa – Partner, Deloitte
Dr. Tara Leweling – Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Thought Leadership, Allstate
Dr. Ignacio López – President, Harold Washington College
Dr. Kyle Mack – Attending Physician, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago/Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Hina Mahmood, AM '13 – Lead Program Officer, Woods Fund Chicago
Marissa Martin – Vice President, Executive Search, Koya Leadership Partners
Manas Mehandru – Chief Operating Officer, mHUB
Martin Montes – Vice President, Large Customer Services, Exelon/ComEd
Matthew Muench – Director of Workforce Innovation, City of Chicago - Office of the Mayor
Tyler Murray – Chief, Financial Crimes Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois
Kellie O'Connell – Chief Executive Officer, Lakeview Pantry
Keyonn Pope – Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Krishna Ramachandran – Vice President, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Vaishali Rao – Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
Francie Schnipke Richards – CPS Head of External Affairs, and CFF Executive Director, Children First Fund (CFF): The Chicago Public Schools Foundation
Carina Sanchez – Executive Director, Public Building Commission of Chicago
Kristen Saranteas – Head of Treasury Management, First Midwest Bank
Jeff Skender – Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Elizabeth Spenko – Senior Vice President, Director of Digital Experience Solutions, Northern Trust
Bryan Stokes – Vice President, Early Learning, Illinois Action for Children
Adrian Talbott – Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Linda Tortolero – President and Chief Executive Officer, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Drew Vail – Partner, Jenner & Block
Andria Winters – Senior Director, Business Services, CBRE
Meghan Woltman – Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Advocate Aurora Health
Marny Zimmer – Director of Policy, Cook County State's Attorney
In October 2018, LGC began accepting applications for its 2020 Signature Fellows Program. Nearly 100 people applied with the support of their employer. The highly competitive selection process to become an LGC Fellow – which includes a comprehensive written application and an in-person interview with graduates of the LGC Signature Fellows Program – is based on a record of remarkable professional achievements early in their careers, evidence of leadership skills, the potential to influence positive change, and a commitment to the community.
As the region’s oldest and most prestigious leadership development program, LGC is known for the lasting impact and strong connections of its Fellows. This is evidenced by the more than 100 LGC Fellows who were tapped to work on transition teams and committees, and in some cases hired as staff, for newly elected Governor JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
As LGC marks the 35th anniversary of its first class of Fellows, more than 1,150 leaders have come through its world-class leadership development program, and 85% of those Fellows still reside in Illinois.
A new class of LGC Fellows is selected each year, with the approval of the LGC Board of Directors. The application for the 2021 Program will open on October 1, 2019.
About Leadership Greater Chicago
Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is the region’s premiere civic leadership development organization. LGC convenes, connects and mobilizes the area’s most promising leaders around key socioeconomic issues through dynamic education and experiential activities. These diverse individuals represent the most prominent corporate, nonprofit, government, and education organizations.
Since its founding in 1983 by The Chicago Community Trust, LGC has developed more than 1,150 leaders through its Signature Fellows Program – an intensive 10-month program that provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. The Program equips participants with the resources they need to understand how decisions are made, how complex policies are shaped, and how to influence meaningful change. Using the city as a classroom, LGC Fellows learn through interactions with private, public, and nonprofit decision makers, and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance, and leadership skills.
LGC creates connectivity among its Fellows to positively impact not only themselves but their employees, their constituents, their clients, their neighbors, and their families. This connectivity is the backbone and strength of the LGC network, enabling leaders to leverage collective resources to make the Greater Chicago Region a more dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative community.
Additionally, LGC has invested an estimated $5 million to build capacity in the corporate, nonprofit, government, and education sectors.
LGC Fellows are a distinguished group that includes former First Lady Michelle Obama, Managing Partner of Emerson Collective and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chairman of Urban Partnership Bank David Vitale, General Partner of Henry Crown & Company Steve Crown, President and CEO of World Business Chicago Andy Zopp, Illinois Deputy Governors Sol Flores and Jesse Ruiz, Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon Utilities Anne Pramaggiore, CEO of Ariel Investments, LLC John Rogers, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust Connie Lindsey, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago and MacArthur Genius Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Metropolitan Family Services Ric Estrada, CEO of American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois Celena Roldan, President and CEO of Cara Maria Kim, President of Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) MarySue Barrett, and President and CEO of Access Living Marca Bristo.
Most recently, LGC launched The Daniel Burnham Fellowship, an accelerated civic onboarding experience for senior executives new to Chicago or new to their role. The Fellowship is designed to inspire these leaders to mobilize and exert their combined influence and intellect to positively impact Chicago, its future, and the continued economic progress of the region. The inaugural cohort of 20 senior executives will complete the Fellowship in June 2019.
LGC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To learn more about the LGC Signature Fellows Program, please click here.