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.
Chanel W. Coney Chanel W. Coney is the Director of Marketing at Chicago Fundamental Investment Partners.
Chanel W. Coney Remberto Del Real is Managing Director of Personal and Business Banking Marketing for BMO Harris Bank.
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.  
Lisa Yun Lee

Masum Momaya is a Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a consultant with Helicon Collaborative, and the Director for EDGE Funders Alliance.

Rose Parisi Rose Parisi (Vice Chair) is a consultant and arts advocate.
Sidney Sidwell Sydney Sidwell is the Director of Arts Learning and Education at the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation.
Sidney Sidwell

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

Mel 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 an arts administrator, musician, and educator with a background in program development, management training, non-profit finance and accounting, and marketing strategy.
Cat Tager

 

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).

 

STAFF

Mesha Arant, Manager of Administration and Special Projects
Esther Grisham Grimm
, Executive Director
Julia Mayer, Interim Development Manager
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.