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, Chairman Emeritus, William Blair
  • David Fisher, CEO, Enova
  • Ilene Gordon, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Ingredion
  • Julie Howard, CEO, Riveron Consulting LLC
  • Tom Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO, Allstate

Chicago Family Advisory Council

  • Rakhi Fuller, Council Chair, Bucktown
  • Lisa Belcher, Glencoe
  • Alisa Bergstein, Glencoe
  • Liz Bray, Chicago
  • Emily Buerger, Wilmette
  • Pam Davis, Highland Park
  • Terri and Michael Freeman, Gold Coast
  • Meggan Friedman, Lincoln Park
  • Ilene Goldman, Evanston
  • Donna Greenberg, Highland Park
  • Stacy Jakobe, Evanston
  • Amy Kaplan, Riverwoods
  • Carrie McNally, Lincoln Park
  • Doug and Stacey Meyer, Deerfield
  • Debbie and Matt Michaelson, Bucktown
  • Cindy Murray, Lincoln Park
  • Nguyen Ngyuen, Bucktown
  • Alicia Rosauer, Winnetka
  • Brent and Mara Smith, Northbrook
  • Anna Timmerman, Oak Park
  • Tan Vu, Bucktown

Chicago Corporate Advisory Council

  • Neeren Chauhan, Former 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, General Counsel, S2G Ventures
  • Michelle Kilkenney, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Josh Lipman, Vice President of Sales & Operations Planning, Ferrara
  • Michael McMurray, President, Wight & Company, Chicago
  • Alexandra Peponis, Corporate Actions Manager, Jackson National Asset Management
  • Ajay Shah, CEO, Globetrotters Engineering Corp.
  • Veronique Thouin, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Mara Wittmann, Vice President, Human Resources, Dentologie

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

  • Leah Guttstein, Council Chair, Northern Trust
  • Kristina Alexander, Vice Chair, JLL
  • Romir Agarwal, Morningstar
  • Jessie Arman, Northern Trust
  • Jade Bailey, Deloitte
  • Kathryn DuFour, Bank of America
  • David Gordon, Northwestern Kellogg School of Business
  • Aasiyah Green, Invenergy
  • Emilie Greenberg, Triple Aim Partners
  • Caroline Irwin, Edelman
  • Ashley Lynch, ITW
  • Daniel Nussbaum, Scale AI
  • Meghan Otto, Wilmette School District
  • Carlee Schwartz, RR Donnelly
  • Blair Sucher, Square
  • Hannah Tapp, ITW
  • Jyothi Vallurupalli, Lightbank
  • David Vasquez, Trailer Bridge
  • Clinton Wilhight, Accenture
  • Jordan Williams, Erie Street Partners


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