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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
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
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
The Boston Consulting Group
Chicago Commons
DL3 Realty
Fifth Third Bank
Freedman Seating Company
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
J.P. Morgan Chase
Mars Wrigley
Northern Trust
Northwestern Medicine
Rush University Medical Center
RW Ventures
SDI Presence
Sidley Austin LLP
Sinai Health System
St. Bernard Hospital
Third Horizon Strategies
UChicago Medicine
United Airlines
University of Chicago
Wintrust Financial
Zeno Group
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
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.
Lincoln Chandler
Executive Advisor
Lincoln focuses on the Coalition's learning and evaluation efforts. In his own consulting practice, and in prior roles with the Civic Consulting Alliance and McKinsey and Company, Lincoln has worked with senior leaders across multiple sectors (public, private, and nonprofit) on large-scale transformations and the effective use of data, often working in and communicating across several disciplines.
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.
Steph Dolan
Program Manager
Steph manages the Coalition's Fair Chance Hiring efforts, bringing experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she was a Senior Advisor at Fair and Just Prosecution, a national criminal justice reform organization, and a Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, where she led public safety and economic vitality engagements.
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.
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.
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.
Holli Wertheimer
Chief Operating Officer
Holli coordinates the Coalition’s day-to-day operations, co-leads the Corporate Connector initiative, and manages our Communications efforts including coordinating our Business UNusual stories. She previously worked for PwC and UChicago Medicine as a supply chain operations consultant.
Corporate Volunteers
Bain & Company
Lakeshore Fitness
L.E.K. Consulting
McKinsey & Company
Public Communications Inc.
Sidley Austin LLP
Takito Kitchens
The Planera Group
Tribune Real Estate Holdings, LLC
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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.