Corporate Coalition of Chicago

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About us
Our Leadership Council is comprised of business executives and anchor partner leaders who collectively guide the work of the Coalition.
Michael Davidson
Senior Director of Community Impact at The Chicago Community Trust
Sean Garrett
President & CEO at United Way Metro Chicago
Marie Lynch
President & CEO at Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Eileen Mitchell
President of AT&T Illinois and AT&T Great Lakes States
Linda Nolan
Senior Managing Director of Wealth Advisory at Northern Trust
Daniel Sprehe
Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility at J.P. Morgan Chase
Julia Stasch
Immediate Past President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Philanthropy Executive in Residence, University of Chicago Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
Anne Vela-Wagner
Executive Director of Mars Wrigley Foundation at Mars Wrigley
Leon Walker
Managing Partner at DL3 Realty
Owen Washburn
Vice President of Global Philanthropy at J.P. Morgan Chase
Audrey Williams-Lee
Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Philanthropy at Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Abundant Venture Partners
AMITA Health
The Boston Consulting Group
The Blommer Chocolate Company
Chicago Commons
Discover Financial Services
DL3 Realty
Freedman Seating Company
Halo Security
J.P. Morgan Chase
Mars Wrigley
Northern Trust
Northwestern Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
RW Ventures
Sinai Health System
Third Horizon Strategies
United Airlines
Wintrust Financial  
Cara Collective
Chicago Cares
Chicago Community Loan Fund
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance
Civic Consulting Alliance
Community Desk Chicago
The Executives Club of Chicago
Healthcare Council of Chicago
IL Realtors Association
LISC Chicago
Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council
Michael Reese Health Trust
Network of Employer-led Workforce Solutions
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
United Way of Metro Chicago
We Rise Together for an Equitable & Just Recovery
Women’s Business Development Center
World Business Chicago  
The Corporate Coalition team is comprised of leaders with deep business and civic experience in the region.
Jack Crowe
Senior Advisor
Jack is the former Executive Director of Year-Up Chicago, a one-year intensive training program connecting Opportunity Youth to professional careers. Prior to that, he was the COO of Cristo Rey Network, the largest network of high schools in the U.S., which includes a corporate work study internship. Before that, he was a longtime partner at the law firm Winston & Strawn.
Brian Fabes
Managing Director
Brian has led the team since the inception of the Coalition, prior to which he spent fifteen years as CEO of the Civic Consulting Alliance.
Erika Hernandez
Assistant Project Manager
Erika supports our day-to-day operations and the Chicago Resiliency Network. She is a Year Up graduate and previously worked at United Airlines.
Stefanie Hest
Senior Advisor
Stefanie brings her extensive experience in financial services to the Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, Stefanie was a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust with roles focused on investment solutions for institutional clients in addition to leading the Women’s Leadership Development initiatives. She currently serves as the Board Chair for Chicago-based nonprofit, Share Our Spare and is a board director at Family Service of Glencoe.
Anne Ladky
Senior Advisor
Anne focuses on the Coalition’s workforce initiatives. She is an experienced strategist and policy expert on workforce development, job quality, and equity issues. She served as Executive Director of Women Employed for over three decades.
Eric Patton
Senior Advisor
Eric brings his extensive experience in the private, nonprofit and public sectors to the Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, Eric was a Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, the Executive Director of Genesys Works Chicago, and a Partner in Accenture’s Financial Services practice.
Denean Pillar-Jackson
Founding Executive Director, Chicago Resiliency Network
Denean leads the Chicago Resiliency Network. Prior to this, Denean was a founding staff member of Year Up Chicago, where she spent ten years as a member of their Corporate Engagement team.
Holli Wertheimer
Chief Operating Officer
Holli coordinates the Coalition’s day-to-day operations, leads the Corporate Connector, and supports our discovery-phase efforts such as our Foodservice Working Group. She previously worked for PwC and UChicago Medicine as a supply chain operations consultant.
Corporate Volunteers
Bain & Company
Kellogg School of Management
Kemper Lesnick
KOVAL Distillery
Lakeshore Fitness
McKinsey & Company
Sidley Austin
Takito Kitchens
The Planera Group
Tribune Real Estate Holdings, LLC
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Zeno Group
Individual Volunteers
Debra Schwartz
Debra is a global impact investing leader and expert in the use of catalytic capital and blended finance, particularly for community development, affordable housing, small business and sustainable development.
Robert Tucker
Robert is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Programs at Chicago Community Loan Fund. He provides support to the Coalition on the EPIC Fund.
Mark Van Grinsven
Mark acted as project manager for the Diversity in Professional Services Initiative in his role as Senior Consultant at Civic Consulting Alliance. Previously, he held a variety of senior roles with Northern Trust Corporation.
Debra Wesley
Debra serves as the founding President of Sinai Community Institute, established in 1993, and also serves as Executive Vice President for Community Outreach on behalf of Sinai Health System.  She has developed innovative, community-based programs that have received national recognition.