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Our Leadership Councils

The energy, knowledge, and commitment of our Leadership Councils are major reasons for the ongoing success of Cradles to Crayons®. Meet some of the people who make us what we are. Their inspired efforts are invaluable to our daily operations, and to reach our vision for the future.

Chicago Chairman’s Council

  • Jack Greenberg (Council Chair), Retired Chair of the Boards of Quintiles, Innerworkings, Western Union and Retired Chair & CEO of McDonald’s
  • John Ettelson, President & CEO, William Blair 
  • David Fisher, CEO, Enova
  • Ilene Gordon, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion
  • Julie Howard, Chairman & CEO, Navigant
  • Tom Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO, Allstate

Chicago Family Advisory Council

  • Rakhi Fuller (Council Chair), Bucktown, Finance Manager, The PepsiCo Foundation, Inc.
  • Lisa Belcher, Glencoe, Senior Academic Advisor, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Alisa Bergstein, Glencoe, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Laurie Brown, Sauganash, Senior Vice President, First Bank of Chicago
  • Emily Buerger, Wilmette, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Rebecca Cutler, Lincoln Park, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador  
  • Pam Davis, Highland Park, Vice President, Wealth Management, GCG Financial
  • Terri Freeman, Gold Coast, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Michael Freeman, Gold Coast, Senior Managing Director, Skyway Capital Markets
  • Meggan Friedman, Lincoln Park, Investment Strategist, Northern Trust
  • Heath Fuller, Bucktown, Managing Director, NXT Capital
  • Ilene Goldman, Evanston, Content Editor, Discover Financial Services
  • Donna Greenberg, Highland Park, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Jana Hees, Lincoln Park, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Stacy Jakobe, Evanston, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Amy Kaplan, Riverwoods, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Doug Meyer, Deerfield, Managing Director of Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors — Chicago
  • Stacey Meyer, Deerfield, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador
  • Carrie McNally, Lincoln Park, Special Counsel, Sheppard, Mullin, Ritcher & Hampton LLP
  • Debbie Michaelson, Bucktown, Vice President, Invesco US
  • Matt Michaelson, Bucktown, Managing Director, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management
  • Nguyen Ngyuen, Bucktown, Principal Architect, N2TV Studio
  • Tan Vu, Bucktown, Managing Director, Prudential Capital Group
  • Brent Smith, Northbrook, Managing Director, Head of Consumer & Retail M&A at William Blair
  • Mara Smith, Northbrook, CEO/Founder, Inspiro Tequila

Chicago Corporate Advisory Council

  • Amy Hughes (Council Chair), Retired Managing Director, Bank of America, US Trust
  • Neeren Chauhan,Chief Strategy, Innovation, and Business Development Officer at Zurich
  • Julie Coffman, Partner, Bain & Company
  • Eric Feinberg, Vice Chairman, Co-Head Chicago Region, Chicago, Savills
  • Jack Greenberg, Retired Chair of the Boards of Quintiles, Innerworkings, Western Union and Retired Chair & CEO of McDonald’s, Office of Jack Greenberg
  • Shana Hayes, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, Northern Trust
  • Lori Healey, President, Chicago Business Unit, Clayco
  • Megan Herrmanns, Regional Vice President, Salesforce
  • Jim Hirshorn, Partner, Ares Management
  • Neill Jakobe, Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • Mohit Kalra, General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer, Numerator
  • Michelle Kilkenney, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Douglas Kush, Managing Partner, Egon Zehnder
  • Monica Lang, Chief of Staff, Strategic and Executive Communications, Employee Engagement, Aon
  • Josh Lipman, Vice President of Sales & Operations Planning, Ferrara
  • Derek Lopez, Head Managing Director, GEM Realty Capital 
  • Michael McMurray, President, Wight & Company, Chicago
  • Karuna Rawal, Chief Marketing Officer, Sustainable Bioproducts
  • David Whitaker, President & CEO, Choose Chicago

Chicago Partner Advisory Council

  • Sucada Bell, Communities in Schools 
  • Lan Chaplin, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
  • Catherine Enright, Director of Early Childhood at Kids Above All
  • Kenne’quia Howell, Membership Experience Director at South Side YMCA of Metro Chicago
  • Janene Ingram, Program Director of Pitch In at the Wood Family Foundation
  • Erinn McKune, Youth Intervention Specialist at Howe School of Excellence
  • Destiny Morales, School Age Program Director at Casa Central
  • Jeethu Oommen, Program Manager of at Youth Guidance
  • Leila Rahravan, Director of Financial Opportunity Center and Housing Counseling Center of Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Eric Werge, Executive Director of Community School Initiative at the YMCA and Senior Director of School-Age Programming at the YMCA

Chicago Young Professionals Council

  • Shannon Comer, JPMorgan Chase 
  • Henry Cutler, Merrill Lynch
  • Kathryn DuFour, Bank of America
  • Emilie Greenberg, Triple Aim Partners
  • Leah Guttstein, Jackson National Asset Management
  • Caroline Irwin, Chair, Allstate 
  • David Joseph, Goldman Sachs
  • Andrew Markey, Finance Chair, Barings 
  • Daniel Nussbaum, Communications Chair, Ubiquiti, Inc. 
  • William Pritzker, Real Talk Live
  • Adithi RamananMcKinsey & Company 
  • Joji Syed, BCG
  • Jyothi Vallurupalli, Lightbank
  • Mara Wittmann, ITW


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