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Since joining Civic Consulting Alliance in 2005, Brian has forged city-wide collaborations that have invested, collectively, more than $100 million of pro bono services in the things that matter most in Chicago. Prior to Civic Consulting, Brian was Senior Vice President at National-Louis University, and before that Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. Prior to McKinsey, Brian was was Associate Professor at the University of Arizona, where he was part of the leadership team that built a new department of Materials Science and Engineering. Brian received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lives in Chicago with his wife and 3 children.
Since September 2013, Ash has served as the Trust's lead brand manager. He is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing communications, marketing, public and government relation strategies that advance the Trust's mission to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and the prosperity of our region. Prior to joining the Trust, Ash spent 10 years as vice president at Chicago Public Media. Ash's professional career has been focused on developing and using marketing and communication tools to advance social causes. He has worked exclusively in the nonprofit sector on issues including poverty, adolescent health and HIV/AIDS care and prevention, public media, and community foundations. The early stage of Ash's professional career included leadership roles at Sergeant Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Chicago Department of Public Health, Center for Family Policy and Practice and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.
Since July 2014, Eric has been the President and CEO of Donors Forum, the only regional association in the U.S. that represents grantmakers and nonprofits, as well as their advisors. In addition to its 1,100 members, Donors Forum engages social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and B-Corps to expand membership and spur innovation in the sector. Donors Forum provides education, capacity building, advocacy, peer networking, and project management services for the philanthropic and social impact sector. Prior, Eric was President and CEO of The Cara Program. In 2011, he was selected as a member of the Emerging Leaders Program for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and in 2013 was selected as a Chicago Community Trust Fellow. Governor Quinn appointed Eric to the Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Task Force. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Social Enterprise Initiative at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and on the Board of Directors for Streetwise and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.
Raaja Nemani is Co-Founder and CEO of BucketFeet, a Chicago-based e-commerce and retail company that collaborates with artists from around the world. Raaja's international travels, which include a trek through the Himalayas and a dive with great white sharks, inspired him to launch BucketFeet as a platform to connect people through art. Now selling in more than 25 countries, with a network exceeding 12,000 artists, BucketFeet believes art is for everyone. Raaja graduated from Northwestern University in 2004.
Rachael Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, the world's leading online skills-based volunteer platform. Catchafire's scalable solution enables nonprofits to specify and obtain the expertise they need and allows professionals to find the highest-impact way to apply their skills to the causes they are passionate about. By providing a better solution to both nonprofits and professionals, Catchafire is amplifying both social impact and professional satisfaction and growth. Rachael has been named one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, one of Fast Company's Most 100 Creative People in Business, received the NYC Venture Fellowship, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award and has presented at two TEDx events. Prior to Catchafire, Rachael helped to start up BRAC USA, the US affiliate of the BRAC, a poverty alleviation organization and the largest nonprofit in the world.
Liam is the founder and CEO of A Better Chicago, a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund launched in 2010. A Better Chicago provides funding and management support to a portfolio of high-performing nonprofits that are dramatically improving educational outcomes for low-income students. Prior to founding A Better Chicago, Liam spent ten years working in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, he was a management consultant at Bain & Company, where he worked on a variety of strategy and operational projects for Fortune 500 and mid-market clients. Prior to Bain, Liam worked at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, where he identified, assessed, funded and supported a portfolio of high-performing youth development organizations that aspire to scale nationally. Liam serves on the boards of the Big Shoulders Fund and the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
Passionate and committed to helping humanity save the world, Michael Slaby is among the world's leaders in digital and social media strategy, technology, and how together they can elevate mission-driven organizations. He is Managing Partner of Timshel -- a new company working to help solve social, civic, and humanitarian challenges with better technology, engagement capabilities development, and creative capital. Michael helped lead Obama for America as Chief Integration and Innovation Officer in 2012 where he oversaw the CTO, CIO, CAO, and ensured effective implementation and integration of technology across the entire campaign and as Deputy Digital Director and Chief Technology Officer in '08. Michael has served as a technology and digital strategy advisor as well as board member to initiatives including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, Fuck Cancer, Bright Pink, I Am That Girl, LiveStrong, Citizen Effect, and Jumo and was named to Crain's Chicago 40 Under 40 List for 2011 and their Tech 50 List in 2013.
Jessica Droste Yagan brings more than 12 years of experience leveraging markets for positive impact as Impact Engine's Chief Executive Officer and the former Director of Sustainable Supply for McDonald's USA. During her time at McDonald's, Jessica was responsible for leading and advancing the U.S. sustainable supply strategy in partnership with the Supply Chain Management team and McDonald's suppliers.She also led alignment of global sustainable sourcing at McDonald's and consulted with city, non-profit, and corporate clients in the areas of strategic planning and corporate social responsibility. Jessica has co-authored two Harvard University case studies on public-private partnerships and is an active member of the newly formed Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners.
Suzanne is the co-founder and principal of Mind + Matter Studio, a brand strategy firm that shapes and forges new markets for big ideas. With her long-time business partner (and M+MS co-founder), Rachel Bellow, Suzanne is also the host of the radio and digital television show, The Big Payoff. Before launching Mind + Matter Studio, Suzanne was a founding Partner and Lead Strategist of Frequency540, a strategic communications agency that acquired her first brand strategy firm, ROI Ventures (Return on Inspiration)— a strategy firm that packaged social impact for the marketplace. With Rachel, Suzanne launched and developed ROI Ventures' incubator (Return on Inspiration Labs, LLC) and its media arm (ROI Distributed, LLC). She was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2012 for these ventures.
Suzanne began her professional career at Teach For America, where she served for three years as the VP of Programs after having been a charter corps member in the South Bronx. She moved to Chicago in 1995 to help launch and run Civitas. A frequent public speaker and guest lecturer at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, Suzanne is also an investor in impact companies, a mentor to entrepreneurs at 1871, TechStars and Impact Engine, and an LP and advisory board member for MATH Ventures Partners.
Jessica is the Executive Director of Chicago Ideas Week, overseeing the creation and production of the annual event. In conjunction with CIW, Jessica leads the creation and development of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship. Prior to joining Chicago Ideas Week, Jessica led new business development and campaign creation for an award-winning New York City boutique consultancy that specialized in corporate and social responsibility programming. Clients included several of the country's leading Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and associations. Jessica is a graduate of American University.
Marie Tillman is the founder of Mac & Mia, a curated children’s clothing service, and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, a nonprofit that provides academic scholarships for veterans and their spouses. In 2004 in response to the nationwide outpouring of support following her husband Pat’s death in Afghanistan Marie established the Pat Tillman Foundation with family and friends. Since inception, the Foundation has invested more than $10 million in educational support to individuals committed to a life of service both in and out of uniform. In 2014 as a result of her own experience as a working mother of five Marie launched the curated children's clothing service, Mac & Mia, where stylists create unique looks for kids age newborn to six years old. Each item is consciously crafted and selected with social and environmental standards in mind because small choices really can have a big impact. She has been a featured speaker at the United States Air Force Academy, University Of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Harvard Kennedy School, Inc. 500/5000 and Clinton Global Initiative University. Marie lives in Chicago with her husband Joe and their four boys Joey, John, Sam and Mac and their baby girl Frankie.
Joe has been a Director in the Chicago office of Barclays Wealth since 2007. Prior, he served as a Principal of Sanford C. Bernstein in both New York and Chicago. Joe currently serves as a member of the Board of Children's Memorial Hospital, Big Shoulders Fund, and several privately held companies. Joe lives in Chicago with his wife Marie and their four boys Joey, John, Sam and Mac and their baby girl Frankie.
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