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As President, Michael Alter is responsible for all planning and operations of The Alter Group, a national corporate real estate development firm. Affiliates include Alter+Care, a healthcare real estate development firm; EnTrust Realty Advisors, an MBE real estate investment bank, and EnTrust Tenant Advisors, an MBE tenant representation firm.

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A Chicago native, Mr. Alter previously was a clerk for William J. Bauer, former Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and a practicing attorney with Mayer Brown & Platt.

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Mr. Alter is the Principal Owner of the Chicago Sky, the WNBA franchise in Chicago.

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Mr. Alter established and is a Board Member of City Year Chicago. This unique national service organization unites young people from diverse backgrounds, ages 17 – 24, for a demanding year of full-time community service and leadership development. Mr. Alter is also Board Chair of LEAP Innovations, the leading nonprofit connecting innovation and education; and a past Board member of Be The Change Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to organizing campaigns to create opportunity, empower veterans and promote national service.

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Most recently, Mr. Alter launched Purpose Workforce Solutions, a for-profit staffing company focused on low income youth, primarily of color. 

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Michael and his wife, Ellen, have 3 children.

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Gia Biagi is a Principal at Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design collective headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris. At Studio Gang, she leads the urbanism + civic impact practice that specializes in urban design, planning, and strategy. The work is centered on how to move toward equity, mutuality, and positive change in cities by working with a range of partners including community-based organizations, cultural institutions, developers, government, and other public and private groups and individuals.

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Having spent more than a decade in public service, she draws on an understanding of the consequences of plans, policies, architecture, and development on everyday lives. Her projects include Polis Station that proposes how design might be used to improve relationships between police and the communities they serve; Civic Commons that examines how public assets can foster inclusion and economic opportunity; Memphis Riverfront that proposes a vision for six miles of parks and city fabric that reside along the Mississippi River in Memphis; Neighborhood Schools Reuse that grounds ideas for renewal of closed schools in the needs and aspirations of residents who live where these now dormant assets reside; and New York Neighborhood Activation that proposes a community-centered approach to designing for neighborhood wellness, safety, and stability.

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Prior to joining Studio Gang, Gia worked for the City of Chicago and held posts at the Park District that included Director of Planning, Director of Strategy and Policy, and Chief of Staff. While at the City, she led multi-year planning, design, and community engagement efforts that produced signature civic projects like Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, The 606 Trail, and the City’s first parks and recreation Strategic Plan in nearly two decades.

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Gia serves as President of NeighborSpace, a nonprofit land trust that provides community-based management and long-term protection to over 100 urban gardens across Chicago. She is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the study of land economics.

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From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods.

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In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight for youth equity by fueling ideas, organizations, and people. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 14 local nonprofit organizations and is a community leader that fights for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Beyond funding, the team works hand-in-hand with their investment partners to provide the strategic support and thought partnership they need to achieve their goals and reach more young people. Because there is no single barrier to equity, Chicago Beyond invests in everything from education, to youth safety, to health and wellness, and beyond.  

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Dozier’s ambition is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger High School, which at the time was known as one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago, Fenger experienced a decrease in its dropout rate from 19% to 2%, a 40% increase in Freshman On-Track to graduate, and double-digit increases in attendance and the school’s state graduation rate. Keenly aware of how traumatic events outside of the classroom were affecting her students, Dozier’s method to turn Fenger around also included the adoption of restorative justice and mental health and wellness strategies. Dozier's work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times Best Seller \"How Children Succeed\" by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series Chicagoland, and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health, The Obama Foundation Summit, and SXSW.

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As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.

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Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. 

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Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.  

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Arne serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Pluralsight, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Turn It In. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Ric Estrada is CEO of Metropolitan Family Services. Founded in 1857, Metropolitan is one of Illinois’ largest and best respected human services agencies. Since joining Metropolitan in 2011 Estrada has helped the agency more than double in revenue and families served.

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Estrada has nearly three decades of leadership experience in human services, philanthropy, and government. Prior to joining Metropolitan, Estrada served as First Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS). Before that he served as Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, where his accomplishments included founding the Erie Elementary Charter School.

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His civic and community involvement is extensive and includes serving as a Trustee of the University of Illinois and Board Chair of the Woods Fund, as well as holding Board memberships with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, A Better Chicago and the Council on Accreditation. He is also a Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Leadership Greater Chicago.

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For three consecutive years Crain’s Chicago Business has named Estrada to its list of “Who’s Who In Chicago Business.” He has been named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and he is a recipient of the City Club of Chicago John A. McDermott Award for Distinguished Social Leadership as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago City Partner Award. Additional honors include the Damen Award from Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Chicago’s Inaugural SSA Social Impact Alumni Award, being named Leadership Greater Chicago’s “Distinguished Fellow,” and honored as “Person of the Year” by the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago.

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In addition, he is a recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, was awarded a Kellogg CEO Perspectives Fellowship, and was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” in 2002.

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Estrada’s educational background is grounded in social services and business, including an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Social Service Policy and Administration from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.

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Sandy Fernandez is the Senior Director, The Americas, for the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategy, research, and programs to advance inclusive economies.

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Prior to joining the Center, Sandy held senior roles in community development at national financial services companies where he developed national community and economic development programs. He began his career in community health conducting outreach, research and delivering education to low-income immigrant communities. He currently serves on the board of Grounded Solutions Network and holds an M.P.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Boston University.

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Helene D. Gayle is President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations. Before coming to the Trust, Dr. Gayle held a variety of leadership roles in health and global development, including twenty years with the Centers for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and as President and CEO of the international humanitarian organization CARE. She serves on public company and nonprofit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, New America, the ONE Campaign, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago.  Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50”, she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice. Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University and has received 16 honorary degrees.

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Lisa Gomez oversees the day-to-day operations of L+M Development Partners and its affiliated companies. Lisa has more than 25 years of experience in real estate finance and development. Prior to joining L+M, she was in senior management at the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), overseeing $1 billion annually in bond financing and mortgage insurance. At HDC, she was also responsible for developing and executing policy and financing programs to stimulate the creation of affordable housing for Mayor Bloomberg’s successful New Housing Marketplace Plan. Lisa also held various positions at JP Morgan Chase Bank, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Silverstein Properties, among others. Lisa is a Board member of Center for the Urban Future as well as the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College Foundation. She is a past Chair of the New York State Association of Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, and was also a Commissioner of the New York City Planning Commission from 2004 to 2007.

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Carol A. Goss, a 2014 Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University, retired as the President and CEO of The Skillman Foundation in Detroit in 2013. Goss spent more than 25 years working in private and family philanthropy at the WK Kellogg Foundation and The Stuart Foundation. Prior to that Goss also worked in the field of social work as a social worker, social work administrator and Executive Director.

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In 2015, Goss founded Warrior Women Against Poverty, a social justice movement to support homeless women and their children. She currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Detroit Children’s Fund, Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Safe Routes to School, The National Partnership and BoardSource. Goss has received many awards and honors including an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Eastern Michigan University, Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Michigan and Michiganian of the Year in 2009. Goss is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Sociology and a Masters Degree in Social Work.

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Chris is an urban planner who has led multi-disciplinary teams within community, design and real estate based organizations across private and nonprofit sectors. Chris has served as Executive Director of 18th Street Development Corporation, Director of Spatial Planning and Regeneration at GVA in London and is currently Urban Strategy Leader at SOM in Chicago. He has worked in many Chicago neighborhoods as well as nationally and internationally. 

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His expertise includes spatial planning, master planning, neighborhood planning, investment frameworks, infrastructure and transit, development feasibility, policy planning, and stakeholder and community engagement. Chris is recognized for strength in large-scale, complex projects requiring clarity, creativity and strategy across data, infrastructure, economic and social realms, with a focus on implementation.

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Chris holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK).

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Grace B. Hou has served under Governor JB Pritzker as the Secretary Designate of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) since March 2019. The mission of IDHS is strengthening Illinois by building up lives and communities which is achieved through an integrated network of mental health, substance use prevention and recovery, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and family and community services. IDHS operates seven psychiatric hospitals, seven developmental centers, one treatment and detention facility for sexually violent persons, 76 local offices, and four schools.   

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Grace also previously served as the Assistant Secretary at IDHS from 2003 to 2012. During that time, she was an architect of Illinois’ Immigrant Integration New American’s Gubernatorial Executive Order which was nationally recognized.  

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Grace has dedicated her career to advancing social justice by working in the nonprofit and public sector systems for change, improvement through public policy development and implementation, social services provision, community organizing and engagement, and philanthropy. Grace most recently served as the President of Woods Fund Chicago from February 2012 to March 2019. Woods Fund Chicago is a bold grantmaking foundation that finds —and funds —projects that draw on the power of communities to fight the brutality of poverty and structural racism. 

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Early in her career, she was the Executive Director of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) and has been a vocal advocate for immigrants’ rights. Grace is a child of immigrants from Taiwan and has lived and worked in Illinois since she was eight years old. She studied at the University of Illinois and has two teenage sons. She is the board chair of the Healthy Communities Foundation, a 2001 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow, a member of The Chicago Network and The Commercial Club, and a German Marshall fellow.

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Craig serves as Internal Advisor to the Chicago Commitment and On Nigeria teams at the MacArthur Foundation after serving the Foundation as Program Director for the Cities/Community Economic Development Program. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Craig was Vice President and Co-Director of the Low Wage Worker Communities unit of MDRC. Craig also served as a Senior Program Director for the James Irvine Foundation in San Francisco, where he managed the Foundation’s community and workforce development programs, and as a planner with the National Economic Development and Law Center (now Insight Center for Community Economic Development) where he managed the first Sector Employment Project. Craig also served as Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, first in the Office for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and later in the Urban Poverty Program in the Foundation’s New York office.

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Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in New York.

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Nicole Johnson-Scales is senior vice president, head of community development for Fifth Third Bank Chicago, one of the fastest growing affiliates in the Fifth Third Bancorp network. She joined the company in November 2002 with more than 15 years of experience in banking and financial services. She is also a member of the affiliate’s executive management team. The Chicago affiliate has more than $10 billion in assets and has a strong commitment to investing in the communities the bank serves throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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Ms. Johnson-Scales oversees the Bank’s community development efforts, charitable contributions and compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) within Fifth Third’s Chicago region, which consists of 160 banking centers in Illinois and NW Indiana. She serves as chair of Fifth Third Bank Chicago’s Community Advisory Board, which is comprised of notable community leaders who meet quarterly on the Bank’s community outreach strategy. Ms. Johnson-Scales is a visible and active liaison on behalf of the Bank throughout the Midwest. She has received numerous awards for her business, community service and philanthropic work, including Chicago Leader of Color (Chicago United), Most Powerful & Influential Women (National Diversity Council), Woman of Excellence (Chicago Defender) and Chicago’s Top 40 Game Changer (Ariel Investments & WVON). 

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Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank Chicago, Ms. Johnson-Scales served as assistant vice president at Citibank. In this role, she was responsible for deepening relationships with businesses by promoting retail solutions.

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Ms. Johnson-Scales earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo and holds her MBA degree from Olivet Nazarene University.  

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Ms. Johnson-Scales serves as a board member and contributor to a number of highly-respected organizations, including the YWCA. She is also an adjunct professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

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Aarti Kotak has nearly twenty years of experience in economic and real estate development, public policy and public-private finance. She currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Neighborhood Economic Development in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, particularly focusing on those neighborhoods most in need in the City--the West, Southwest and South sides.  She was one of the architects of and has led since inception the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, an innovative equity funding program that focuses on supporting entrepreneurs locating in commercial corridors on the City’s South, Southwest and West sides.  She also serves as Vice-President of the Chicago Development Fund and sits on the board of the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative.  Prior to her current role, she served as Managing Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), leading the Department’s Economic Development Bureau, where she led recruitment of companies including Method Home Products and Whole Foods to the City’s neighborhoods, managed the City’s TIF program and oversaw financial incentives and technical assistance to industrial and commercial businesses throughout the City.

Prior to joining the City, Aarti served as general counsel for the NATO Summit Host Committee and Choice Neighborhoods Director and Associate Counsel at the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH).  At POAH, she led the $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant POAH and the City received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to redevelop and revitalize the former Grove Parc Plaza Apartments complex in the Woodlawn community. Prior to POAH, she practiced law in the Land Use and Zoning and Real Estate practice groups of DLA Piper LLP (US).

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stanford Law School.

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Lisa Montez is the general counsel at the Walton Family Foundation. In this role, Lisa guides the foundation’s use of philanthropic tools to maximize social impact and provide advice on a wide range of legal matters, including compliance with the laws and regulations applicable to private foundations, formulation of governance and compliance policies, advising program staff with respect to grantmaking, and other general corporate and transactional matters.

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Prior to joining the foundation, Lisa spent 10 years at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, most recently serving as its deputy general counsel and assistant secretary. In that role, she assisted the general counsel and secretary in providing advice and counsel on compliance with nonprofit tax laws and regulations, corporate and board governance matters, and grants and impact investments in nonprofit and for-profit U.S. and non-U.S. organizations. Lisa also coordinated the foundation’s pro bono counsel network.

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In addition to her experience at MacArthur, Lisa has spent time at the McCormick Foundation and the Chicago office of Chapman and Cutler, where she practiced public finance law focused on bond financing and securitization of tax-exempt status.

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Lisa is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.

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A native of Chicago, Andrew J. Mooney has had a long and distinguished career in community development and public affairs.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, Mr. Mooney has served in a number of high profile positions, including Executive Director and Board Chair of the Chicago Housing Authority;  Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation/Chicago;  and Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.  He has served on numerous boards and commissions, and has been recognized for groundbreaking work in affordable housing and comprehensive neighborhood development.

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Chinwe Onyeagoro is the CEO of PocketSuite. PocketSuite is a venture-backed, mobile business management app for self-employed professionals to get booked, paid, and communicate with their clients. The app empowers thousands of service professionals (from dog trainers, fitness trainers, and beauty professionals to cleaners, contractors and therapists) to make extra income and run their own business from the palm of their hand. PocketSuite processes $80+ million in payments a year for 250,000+ consumers and their service professionals.

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Chinwe served as President & Chief Strategy Officer of Great Place to Work®. She worked with high growth and Fortune 500 companies to accelerate the performance of their leaders. Chinwe led M&A integration, change management, and leadership effectiveness work with executives at the largest telecommunications company, the largest healthcare companies, and the fastest growing SaaS companies in the world.

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She has worked for two top management consultancies (McKinsey & Company and The Monitor Group – acquired by Deloitte in 2013). She has served as a strategic advisor to Fortune 1000 corporations, banks, and financial institutions, as well as small and medium enterprises in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in growth strategy, performance acceleration, and finance.

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Previously, she founded O-H Community Partners (OHcp), an economic development consulting firm that worked with national banks and foundations as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. She also founded FundWell, a financial services technology firm, which partnered with over 300 commercial lenders and raised a combined $150 million in financing for small businesses and social enterprises across the country. Prior to OHcp, Chinwe worked as one of four investment advisors, directly for Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, overseeing the Pritzker Realty Group’s $3 billion in real estate assets.

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Chinwe has co-authored publications with the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, focused on business financing and financial health. She presented a TED Talk about access to capital and the small business loan market. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Reuters, TechCrunch, Crain’s Chicago Business, Essence, and more. She serves on the boards of private equity firms and lending institutions that have invested over $2 Billion in small and medium enterprises that create good jobs in communities.

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She holds an A.B. in Economics and East Asian Studies from Harvard University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Chinwe relishes the opportunity to help business leaders raise capital, grow their business, create good jobs, and contribute to the economic health and stability of communities. When she is not working with businesses, she enjoys creative non-fiction writing, caring for her two toddlers, hiking with her husband, Yang, and learning new languages and cultures.

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Priya Parrish is Managing Partner at Impact Engine, a venture capital and private equity investment firm focused on companies that generate positive outcomes in education, health, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Impact Engine, she served as Chief Investment Officer at Schwartz Capital Group, a single-family office investing across global markets. Previously, Priya was Strategy Head at Aurora Investment Management, a multi-billion-dollar manager of hedge fund portfolios, and managed product development of investment products that incorporated environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors at Northern Trust Asset Management and KLD Research & Analytics. Priya currently serves as Impact Investor in Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she teaches and mentors students about impact investing strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Terry Peterson is the vice president of corporate and external affairs at Rush University Medical Center and the chairperson of Rush’s Diversity Leadership Council. Mr. Peterson’s primary responsibilities include leading, developing and implementing federal, state and local government relations initiatives for Rush. He is also tasked with exploring health disparities and works with providers, government, and community leadership to address inequities in healthcare delivery in Chicago and Cook County. 

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Mr. Peterson also serves as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board. He was appointed to that position in October 2009 by Mayor Richard M. Daley and retained by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Peterson oversees the business of the Chicago Transit Authority and works closely with CTA’s day-to-day senior leadership.

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Mr. Peterson’s other professional accomplishments include:

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Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago State University and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.

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Mr. Peterson currently serves on the board of Chicago Transit Authority, Roosevelt University, Navy Pier, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), One Chicago Foundation, Chicago Fire Department Foundation, City of Chicago Plan Commission, and is a member of the Executives’ Club and the Economic Club of Chicago.

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Erika Poethig is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at the Urban Institute. She leads the Research to Action Lab, which is an innovation hub serving decisionmakers and creative thinkers eager to effect social change.   The Lab draws on the breadth and depth of Urban’s research insights to test new strategies and develop cutting-edge tools, programs and trainings, as well as provide strategic advice to public, philanthropic, nonprofit and private sector leaders. Before joining Urban, Poethig was acting Assistant Secretary for Policy, Development, and Research at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration.

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Whitney S. Smith, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase, leads the Global Philanthropy team for the Central region (13 states in the U.S. from Minnesota to Texas and Canada) , which includes $40MM in grant-making aimed at improving economic opportunity for people in the region.  Specific priorities include workforce readiness, consumer financial health, small business development, and affordable housing.

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Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Whitney was with the Joyce Foundation for ten years where she was a Senior Program Director managing both the Employment Program portfolio supporting workforce and skill development initiatives, as well as the Joint Fund for Education and Employment.  Prior to joining the Joyce Foundation, Whitney was associate director of the Chicago Jobs Council and worked with homeless families in New York. 

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Whitney is the Vice Chair of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions Board of Directors, and is the co-founder of Workforce Matters and of the Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance.  She sits on several national advisory boards and panels, including the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.   Whitney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

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Luke Tate serves as associate vice president and executive director of opportunity initiatives at Arizona State University, leveraging emerging scientific and technological innovations to expand economic opportunity for all Americans. He is also professor of practice in ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, a senior sustainability scholar at ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute.

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Luke most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Mobility on the White House Domestic Policy Council, where he ran a team working on economic mobility, urban policy, poverty, technology and access to opportunity, open data, housing, homelessness, and long-term disaster recovery. He previously served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as senior advisor for urban policy, and as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Luke was a member of the Presidential Transition team. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he worked on community policy in the Office of the Governor of Arizona. He grew up in central Phoenix, Arizona and is a graduate of Harvard University.

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Alonzo Williams has spent his entire career serving Chicago’s youth and communities across the city for 22 years. He launched his career in public service as Center Director at Chicago Park District’s Midway Plaisance Park. In addition to “the Midway” as it is commonly referred to, Alonzo was responsible for six nearby playgrounds. Alonzo started all operations and programming from scratch. 

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After a successful run as Center Director, Alonzo was promoted to Area Manager in the high profile Lakefront Region where his leadership earned him a promotion to Director of Lakefront Operations. After a re-organization within the District, Alonzo was promoted to Deputy Director of Program Services & Special Events where he increased the number of programs by leveraging resources from both not-for-profit and community based groups. Alonzo’s leadership was then needed in the District’s permits division where he served as Deputy Director of Park Services.

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As Director of Revenue, Alonzo is responsible for bringing in nearly $80M in revenue each year. He directly oversees management contracts such as Soldier Field, Harbors, Golf Courses, Northerly Island Concert Venue, Concessions, Cellular Telephone Towers, Martin Luther King Entertainment Center, Ice Rinks, parking lots, beverage and vending machines.

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As Chief Program Officer, Alonzo is responsible for the Community Recreation Department which focuses on the Park District's core mission of providing high quality recreation and leisure opportunities to Chicago residents and visitors. Programs are offered city-wide within the South, Central, and North Regions.

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Over the years he has established positive working relationships with colleagues at sister agencies as well as other park and recreation organizations.  He willingly and regularly shares information and facilitates conversations that benefit everyone.

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From education to activism, Liz Dozier has spent her career working tirelessly to disrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban neighborhoods.

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In 2016, Dozier launched Chicago Beyond, an impact investor that backs the fight for youth equity by fueling ideas, organizations, and people. Since its inception, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $30 million in 14 local nonprofit organizations and a community leader that fight for all youth to achieve their fullest human potential. Beyond funding, the team works hand-in-hand with their investment partners to provide the strategic support and thought partnership they need to achieve their goals and reach more young people. Because there is no single barrier to equity, Chicago Beyond invests in everything from education, to youth safety, to health and wellness, and beyond.  

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Dozier’s ambition is born from her experiences as an educator in Chicago Public Schools. During her tenure as principal at Fenger High School, which at the time was known as one of the most violent and underperforming schools in Chicago, Fenger experienced a decrease in its dropout rate from 19% to 2%, a 40% increase in Freshman On-Track to graduate, and double-digit increases in attendance and the school’s state graduation rate. Keenly aware of how traumatic events outside of the classroom were affecting her students, Dozier’s method to turn Fenger around also included the adoption of restorative justice and mental health and wellness strategies. Dozier's work has been featured in various outlets such as the New York Times Best Seller How Children Succeed by Paul Tough, CNN’s docu-series Chicagoland, and forums such as Aspen Ideas Festival, the Kennedy Center Forum on Mental Health, The Obama Foundation Summit, and SXSW.

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