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The Leadership Council is comprised of foremost leaders in social impact, enterprise, and responsibility who believe in and seek to advance the Baumhart Center’s mission of promoting social business in the service of a just, humane, and sustainable world. Members of the Leadership Council provide guidance on the Center’s strategies, as well as connect the Center’s initiatives with valued expertise, partners, and opportunities.


Jennifer Alter Warden

Jennifer Alter Warden

COO and EVP,
Baird & Warner

Brenda Asare

Brenda Asare

President and CEO,
The Alford Group

Cliff Barber
Cliff Barber

Chief Strategy Officer,
Archdiocese of Chicago

Daniel Cervantes

Daniel Cervantes

Senior VP of Programs, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Kevin Conlon
Kevin Conlon

Founder and President,
Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies

Donald Cooke
Donald Cooke

SVP of Philanthropy,
Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Laura Coy

Laura Coy

Director of Philanthropy Strategy,
William Blair

Evelyn Diaz
Evelyn Diaz

President,
Heartland Alliance

Wendy DuBoe

Wendy DuBoe

Former President & CEO,
United Way of Metro Chicago

John Edelman

John Edelman

Managing Director, Global Engagement and CR,
Edelman

Vicki Escarra
Vicki Escarra

Senior Advisor,
Boston Consulting Group

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

Founder,
Fixer

Brian Fabes
Brian Fabes

Former CEO,
Civic Consulting Alliance

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Karen Freeman-Wilson

President and CEO,
Chicago Urban League

Denitra Griffin, Ed.D.
Denitra Griffin, Ed.D.

President and Co-Owner,
AGB Investigative Services

Josh Hale
Josh Hale

President & CEO,
Big Shoulders Fund

Francia E. Harrington
Francia E. Harrington

Philanthropy Professional and Corporate Executive

Joe Higgins
Joe Higgins

Director of External Affairs,
Comcast Corporation

Peter Hoskow
Peter Hoskow

Principal & Managing Director,
CCS

Mark Ishaug
Mark Ishaug

CEO,
Thresholds

Dan Kotowski
Dan Kotowski

President and CEO,
ChildServ

Mimi LeClair
Mimi LeClair

President and CEO,
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Kandace Lenti
Kandace Lenti

Managing Director,
Wintrust

Eric Lugo
Eric Lugo

Executive Vice Chancellor,
City Colleges of Chicago

Rosemary Matzl
Rosemary Matzl

Vice President of Community Affairs,
ITW

Kate McAdams

Kate McAdams

Senior Philanthropy Advisor & Executive Director,
JP Morgan Private Bank

Julia McGuire
Julia McGuire

EVP,
Campbell & Company

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter

CEO,
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Kim Michelson
Kim Michelson

Co-founder,
The Honest Game

Marquis Miller
Marquis Miller

Chief Diversity Officer,
City of Chicago

Dan Nielsen

Dan Nielsen

Head of Product Management, ESG Indexes,
Morningstar

Jill O'Donovan

Jill O'Donovan

Chief Innovation Officer, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

Anna Paulson

Anna Paulson

EVP, Director of Research and Executive Committee Member,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Terry Peterson

Terry Peterson

Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs,
Rush

Britney Robbins

Britney Robbins

Founder and CEO, The Gray Matter Experience

Ashish Shah

Ashish Shah

CEO and Founder,
PreparedHealth

Amy Silverstein
Amy Silverstein

Senior Manager,
Deloitte's Monitor Institute

Whitney Smith
Whitney Smith

Head of Regional Philanthropy - North America,
JPMorgan Chase

Tim Stojka
Tim Stojka

CEO, Agentis

William Towns

William Towns

Managing Director,
4S Bay Partners

Eric Weinheimer

Eric Weinheimer

Interim CEO, Teton Science Schools

Vincent Williams
Vincent Williams

President and CEO,
Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council