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
  • Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services 
  • Julie Howard, CEO, Riveron Consulting LLC 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brent Smith, Northbrook, Managing Director, Head of Consumer & Retail M&A at William Blair
  • Mara Smith, Northbrook, CEO/Founder, Inspiro Tequila
  • Anna Timmerman, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
  • Tan Vu, Bucktown, Managing Director, Prudential Capital Group 

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
  • Eric Feinberg, Vice Chairman, Co-Head Chicago Region, Chicago, Savills
  • Sarah Gin, Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banking, First Bank Chicago
  • 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
  • Megan Herrmanns, Regional Vice President, Salesforce
  • Neill Jakobe, Partner, Ropes & Gray
  • Mohit Kalra, Senior Counsel, Builders Vision
  • Michelle Kilkenney, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Monica Lang, Director, Brunswick Group
  • Josh Lipman, Vice President of Sales & Operations Planning, Ferrara
  • Derek Lopez, Head Managing Director, GEM Realty Capital 
  • Michael McMurray, President, Wight & Company, Chicago
  • Ajay Shah, CEO, Globetrotters Engineering Corp.
  • Mara Wittmann, Director, Human Resources, ITW

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

  • David Joseph, Council Chair, Goldman Sachs
  • Romir Agarwal, Morningstar
  • Jade Bailey, Deloitte
  • Kathryn DuFour, Bank of America
  • Emilie Greenberg, Triple Aim Partners
  • David Gordon, L.E.K. Consulting
  • Leah Guttstein, Vice Chair, Jackson National Asset Management
  • Caroline Irwin, Edelman
  • Daniel Nussbaum, Communications Chair, Scale AI 
  • Joji Syed, Boston Consulting Group
  • Bryan Uelk, Sheppard Mullin
  • Jyothi Vallurupalli, Lightbank
  • Clinton Wilhight, Accenture


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