UI’s Executive Director Selected to Join Leadership Greater Chicago

Jim Dower, Urban Initiatives’ Co-Founder and Executive Director, has been selected to join Leadership Greater Chicago’s 2014 Fellows Class. Congratulations to Jim on being recognized for his consistent dedication to empowering and inspiring children and for his tireless efforts to promote social change in Chicago. We are thrilled to have him as the leader of our team!

Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is a nonprofit civic organization that brings together diverse groups of community leaders to discuss and engage with the challenges facing the Chicago area. Fellows participate in an intensive 10-month program designed to broaden their perspectives on Chicagoland issues and help them develop the skills and connections they will need to tackle these issues. With over 900 alumni, LGC encompasses some of Chicago’s most dynamic and future-minded leaders.

Jim will be inducted into LGC’s 30th Fellows Class on September 20th, and he is “ready to hone [his] unique approach to social change in Chicago with such a talented and influential group of fellow leaders.” The Urban Initiatives team couldn’t be more excited for Jim, and we can’t wait to see the results of his involvement with LGC!

Congratulations to the thirty-seven members of the 2014 LGC Fellows Class. The full list of 2014 Fellows can be found below.

1. Leroy R. Allala | Executive Director | Chicago Sister Cities International
2. Alaina M. Anderson | Equity Analyst – International | William Blair & Company
3. Tanya S. Anthony | Chief Administrative Officer | Chicago Park District
4. Juan C. Avila | Managing Partner | Toroso Investments, LLC
5. DeRondal O. Bevly | Senior Associate – Communications | Hillard Heintze
6. Elizabeth E. Bohlen | Administrator for Financial Protocols | Archdiocese of Chicago
7. Erica J. Borggren | Director | Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
8. Levoi K. Brown | SVP – Commercial Banking | Urban Partnership Bank
9. Donald B. Chae | Senior Vice President | Northern Trust
10. Yang Chao | Vice President – Finance | Gogo, Inc.
11. Brad J. Denny | Principal | Deloitte
12. Jim W. Dower | Executive Director & Co-Founder | Urban Initiatives, Inc.
13. Jessica Droste Yagan | Director – Sustainable Supply Chain | McDonald’s USA
14. Joni M. Duncan | Chief Human Resources Officer | Lurie Children’s Hospital
15. Craig Esko | Senior Vice President – Client & Community Relations | PNC Financial Services
16. Robert L. Fernandez | Partner | Dentons US, LLP
17. Georgina A. Flores | Marketing Director | Allstate
18. Alaina J. Harkness | Program Officer – Community & Economic Development Program | John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
19. Wallace W. Harris, Jr. | Regional President – Chicago Metro North Region | BMO Harris Bank
20. Cara A. Hendrickson | Partner | Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd.
21. Keri L. Holleb Hotaling | Partner | Jenner & Block, LLP
22. Gregory L. Jones | School Principal | CPS/Kenwood Academy HS
23. Antonio Martinez | Director of Development | Chicago Community Trust
24. Michael E. McGrew | Senior Director – US Business & Global Supply Chain | W.W. Grainger, Inc.
25. Malik T. Murray | Vice President | Ariel Investments
26. David A. Prystowsky | Executive Director – JCRC & Government Affairs | Jewish United Fund
27. Kevin M. Purcell | Executive Vice President/COO | MB Real Estate Services
28. Anel Ruiz | Development & Operations Director | Free Spirit Media
29. Jesse H. Ruiz | Partner | Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
30. Juan F. Santiago | Manager – Construction Planning | People Gas
31. Felicia A. Shallow Davis | Executive Director – Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement | City of Chicago, Mayor’s Office
32. Alison M. Siegler | Associate Clinical Professor of Law & Director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic | University of Chicago Law School
33. Brooke A. Skinner | SVP Head of Brand Strategy | Digitas Chicago & San Francisco
34. Amber Smock | Director of Advocacy | Access Living
35. Nancy A. Sullivan | CEO & Senior Managing Director | IllinoisVENTURES, LLC (University of Illinois)
36. Dominica M. Tallarico | President | Advocate Condell Medical Center
37. Andrew J. Taylor | Partner & Managing Director | Boston Consulting Group


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