BOARD

Rachel Arfa, J.D. Rachel Arfa, J.D., is an attorney at Equip for Equality, a legal organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in the State of Illinois.
Erryn Cobb Erryn Cobb is the CEO of Fetch Integrated Marketing Communications (Fetch IMC) in Chicago and co-founder of homiey, an event and co-working space in Humboldt Park.
Remberto Del Real Remberto Del Real is the Chief Marketing Officer of DeVry University
Cheryl Desir Cheryl Desir is the General Manager of the University of Chicago Gleacher Center and Regional Director of Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Katie Dowling Katie Dowling is Vice President, Delivery & Execution at Options Clearing Corporation (OCC).

Alice DuBose Alice DuBose is the Founder of Philanthropy RX, a fundraising consultant firm that she founded in 2006.  Philanthropy Rx works closely with key staff, volunteers and leaders to design and implement fundraising programs and campaigns
Thomas L. Holt Thomas L. Holt is a partner at Perkins Coie with a focus on trademark, trade dress, copyright, false advertising, and patent law.
Lisa Yun Lee Lisa Yun Lee (Secretary) is a cultural activist and Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum.  
Masum Momaya

Masum MomayaEdD, is a Fellow at Open Society Foundations and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founder of a consulting practice "Curating Words, Strategies and Sights for Justice and Rights" and author of a forthcoming book on curating justice. 

Rose Parisi Rose Parisi (Vice Chair) is a consultant and arts advocate.
Jason Quiara Jason Quiara is Senior Program Officer for the Education & Economic Mobility Program at the Joyce Foundation where he manages a national grant-making strategy to ensure students leave high school with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and career.
Mike Siurek

Mike Siurek is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in their Healthcare and Institutions group.

Kwesi Smith  

Kwesi Smith is a Global Research Analyst covering large-cap Consumer stocks at William Blair.

Mel Smith Mel Smith (Treasurer) is the owner and former president of Investment Concepts, Inc.
Cat Tager Cat Tager (Chair) is Associate Director of Education at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Scott Wang

 

Scott Wang is a Senior Manager at ShopRunner, a Chicago-based e-commerce startup, focusing on new ventures, strategy development, and special projects.

Emilio Manuel Williams

 

Emilio Manuel Williams is a playwright whose plays have been produced in Spain, Argentina, France, Estonia, the United Kingdom and the United States (including productions and performances in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Mexico).

Acasia Wilson Feinberg

 

Acasia Wilson Feinberg is the Director of Growth and Development at The Danielson Group where she works to ensure all kids have access to great teaching.

 

STAFF

Mesha Arant, Manager of Administration and Special Projects
Esther Grisham Grimm
, Executive Director
Julia Mayer, Manager of Development
Sara Slawnik, Director of Programs

Mike Siurek is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in their Healthcare and Institutions group.