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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
Former Chief Executive Officer
Eileen Mitchell, Co-Chair
AT&T Illinois
Gil C. Quiniones, Co-Chair
Chief Executive Officer 
Tom Andreesen
Managing Director
Protiviti Inc.
Brenda Battle
Senior Vice President, Community Health Transformation and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
UChicago Medicine
Patrick Besler
Director of Government Relations
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Sean Garrett
President & Chief Executive Officer
United Way Metro Chicago
Sarah Glavin
Head of Community Affairs
Max Leichtman
Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive Officer
Rob McGhee
Senior Vice President, Community & Economic Development Market Manager
Fifth Third Bank
Linda Nolan
Senior Managing Director of Wealth Advisory
Northern Trust
Marisa Novara
Vice President of Community Impact
The Chicago Community Trust
Matthew Primack
Advocate Condell Medical Center
Curtis Reed, Jr.
Region Manager and Managing Director
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Julia Stasch
Immediate Past President
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Philanthropy Executive in Residence
University of Chicago Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
Anne Vela-Wagner
Executive Director, Mars Wrigley Foundation
Mars Wrigley
Leon Walker
Managing Partner
DL3 Realty
Audrey Williams-Lee
Former Chief People Officer
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Advocate Health Care
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Ariel Investments
The Boston Consulting Group
The Community Solution Education System
DL3 Realty
Fifth Third Bank
Financial Investments Corporation
First Women's Bank
Freedman Seating Company
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Mars Wrigley
Northern Trust
Northwestern Medicine
Rudd Resources LLC
Rush University Medical Center
RW Ventures
S&C Electric
SDI Presence
Sidley Austin LLP
Third Horizon Strategies
UChicago Medicine
United Airlines
University of Chicago
William Blair
Wintrust Financial
Zeno Group
Building Owners & Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago)
Cara Collective
Chicago Cares
Chicago Community Loan Fund
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
Chicago Neighborhood Initiative (CNI)
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance
Civic Consulting Alliance
Community Desk Chicago
The Executive's Club of Chicago
Healthcare Council of Chicago
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
Women's Business Development Center
World Business Chicago

Antoine Watson

Assistant Project Manager

Antoine Watson supports our day to day operations. A proud graduate of Year Up, he also served as an Internship Service Manager for the organization. Previously, he worked as an Account Manager for Uber Freight.

Brian Fabes

Managing Director

Brian has led the team since the inception of the Coalition. For the previous fifteen years, Brian served as Chief Executive Officer of Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA). Before CCA, Brian served as Senior Vice President, Acting Provost and Vice President for Planning at National Louis University, at Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, and Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona.

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.

Lincoln Chandler

Senior 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.

Liz Mieliwocki

Project Manager

Liz supports our Fair Chance Hiring efforts, including the Fair Chance Hiring Cohort, Fair Chance Contracting, and the 2024 National Fair Chance Hiring Conference in Chicago. She brings with her a depth of knowledge from nearly eight years of experience as a prosecutor.

Marcos Gonzales

Director, Chicago Resiliency Network

Marcos serves as the Director 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.

Sara Wasserteil

Program Director

Sara oversees the Coalition’s corporate practice change initiative, where she helps companies deepen hiring from Chicago’s south and west sides. Prior to the Coalition, she launched Cara’s corporate inclusion and national expansion practices and served as a social impact consultant, building strategic partnerships to grow public, private, and non-profit social impact initiatives exceeding $100 million.

Stefanie Hest

Senior Director

Stefanie brings extensive experience in financial services to the Coalition. Prior to joining, Stefanie was a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust, where she focused on investment solutions for institutional clients in addition and led the Women’s Leadership Development initiatives. She currently serves as the Board Chair for Chicago-based nonprofit Share Our Spare and board director at Family Service of Glencoe.

Steph Dolan

Program Director

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.

Stephen Ban
Stephen focuses on the Coalition's marketing and communication efforts.  Prior to that, Stephen was an investment management executive at Hightower Advisors and Nuveen, before which he was a marketing leader for Chicago-based companies including Aon and Heller Financial.  He is recent past Chair of the USA Triathlon Foundation,  a Trustee of the Village of Glenview Firefighters' Pension Fund, and on the Board of Advisors of Loyola University's Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.
Jack Crowe
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.
Anne Ladky
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.
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.