Corporate Coalition of Chicago

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About us
The mission of the Corporate Coalition of Chicago is to build a corporate culture in Chicago where companies understand that reducing racial and economic inequities is essential to their business success and a thriving regional economy.  

The Corporate Coalition was convened in 2019 by business leaders who came together to find ways for the business sector to use its assets, capabilities, and employee enthusiasm in new ways to address economic and racial inequities across all neighborhoods in the Chicago region.  

Members believe that to reduce long-standing and continuing inequities and create a thriving economy, companies must stretch beyond their important philanthropic contributions and beyond the responsibility all have to help the non-profit and public sectors be successful. Firms must challenge business as usual to create opportunities through their core business functions, including talent acquisition, employee support and advancement, site location, procurement, capital investments, and more.  

Today the Coalition includes more than 40 corporate members and 23 anchor partners—
non-profits who help center the Coalition’s work on community-defined issues and needs.

Our Leadership Council is comprised of business executives and anchor partner leaders who collectively guide the work of the Coalition.
Roger Hochschild, Co-Chair
CEO and President of Discover
Eileen Mitchell, Co-Chair
President of AT&T Illinois and AT&T Great Lakes States
Maurice Smith, Co-Chair
CEO of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Tom Andreesen
Managing Director at Protiviti Inc.
Brenda Battle
Senior Vice President, Community Health Transformation and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Michael Davidson
Senior Director of Community Impact at The Chicago Community Trust
Sean Garrett
President & CEO at United Way Metro Chicago
Matt Johanson
Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Discover Financial Services
Marie Lynch
President & CEO at Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Rob McGhee
SVP, Community & Economic Development Market Manager at Fifth Third Bank
Linda Nolan
Senior Managing Director of Wealth Advisory at Northern Trust
Clarita Santos
Executive Director, Corporate and Civic Partnerships at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
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
Abundant Venture Partners
Accenture
AdventHealth
Amazon
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
AT&T
The Blommer Chocolate Company
The Boston Consulting Group
Chicago Commons
Comcast
ComEd
Discover
DL3 Realty
Exelon
EY
Fifth Third Bank
Freedman Seating Company
Google
Halo Security
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
J.P. Morgan Chase
Mars Wrigley
NORC
Northern Trust
Northwestern Medicine
Protiviti
Rush University Medical Center
RW Ventures
Salesforce
Sinai Health System
St. Bernard Hospital
Third Horizon Strategies
UChicago Medicine
United Airlines
Verizon
Wintrust Financial
Building Owners & Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago)
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
IFF
IL Realtors Association
LISC Chicago
Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council
Michael Reese Health Trust
Network of Employer-led Workforce Solutions
P33
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.

jack.crowe@corpcoalition.org
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.

brian.fabes@corpcoalition.org
Marcos Gonzales
Program Manager, Chicago Resiliency Network
Marcos serves as the Program Manager for the Chicago Resiliency Network. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Trauma-Informed Education at Chicago Jesuit Academy. He brings a breadth of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors, and a passion for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

marcos.gonzales@corpcoalition.org
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.

erika.hernandez@corpcoalition.org
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.

stefanie.hest@corpcoalition.org
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.

anne.ladky@corpcoalition.org
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.

eric.patton@corpcoalition.org
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.

denean.pillar-jackson@corpcoalition.org
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.

holli.wertheimer@corpcoalition.org
Corporate Volunteers
Bain & Company
CBRE
Edelman
Gensler
Lakeshore Fitness
L.E.K. Consulting
McKinsey & Company
Public Communications Inc.
Sidley Austin LLP
SmithGroup
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.