A Better Chicago's board of directors and leadership council are business and civic leaders that guide our strategic direction. They underwrite all of our operating expenses, so that 100% of donations to A Better Chicago are invested directly in our portfolio.



Stephen Beard
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Adtalem Global Education

Sean Berkowitz
Partner & Global Chair of Litigation
Latham & Watkins LLP

Michael Collins
Bain & Company, Inc.

Bill Conway
Raputs, LLC

Tom Elden
Managing Partner
Origami Capital Partners

Becky Elrad
Civic Leader

Ricardo Estrada
President & CEO
Metropolitan Family Services

John Gilligan
Managing Director
BDT Capital Partners, LLC

Jack Keller
Keller Group, Inc.

Chris Keogh
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Timothy Knowles
Founder & Managing Partner
The Academy Group

Liam Krehbiel
Founder & CEO
A Better Chicago

Stewart Mather
Founding Partner
The Mather Group

Taylor O’Malley, Chair
Co-Founding Partner & President
Balyasny Asset Management LP

Ginger Ostro
Executive Director
Advance Illinois

Trisha Rooney
Founder & CEO
R4 Services LLC

Tracy Schwartz-Ward
Managing Principal
Schwartz Capital Group

Timothy Schwertfeger
Chairman & CEO Emeritus
Nuveen Investments, Inc.

Christian Zann
Partner & Portfolio Manager
Balyasny Asset Management LP




Jeff Akers
Partner & Head of Secondary Investments
Adams Street Partners, LLC

Shakeeb Alam
Co-Founder & President
East Bridge Capital Management

Adam Butler
President - U.S. Beverages, Snacks & Desserts
The Kraft Heinz Company

Micah Carr
Chief Brand Officer
Blue Meridian Partners

Corrie Carrigan
Bain & Company

Kevan Comstock
Managing Director

Richard Copans
Managing Director
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Chuck Dauk
Vice President, Business Development
US Venture

Scott Daum
Managing Director
Parallel49 Equity

Alex DeAraujo
Operating Director
ACON Investments

Chad Feingold
Chief Administrative Officer
BDT Capital Partners, LLC

Jeremy Franklin
Managing Director
GEM Realty Capital, Inc.

William Heard
Heard Capital LLC

Adam Hitchcock
Managing Director
Guggenheim Partners

Sami Kamhawi
Managing Director
Goldman Sachs

Adam Kamm
Kamm Insurance Group

Rich Parisi
Senior Investment Analyst
Silver Point Capital, LP

Manoj Patel
Co-Head of Global Infrastructure Securities
Deutsche Bank AG

Matt Raino
Managing Director
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC

Caroline Reckler
Latham & Watkins LLP

Arnaldo Rivera
Chief Operating Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Michelle Schumaker
Head of Sales Development, Retail & Tech Sectors

Mike Siska
Partner & Managing Director
William Blair & Company, LLC

Kathleen Steele
Managing Director
Equity Group Investments

Paul Sternlieb
Executive Vice President & President of Protein

Matt Tingler
Managing Director
Robert W. Baird & Co

Kim Vender Moffat
Entrepreneur in Residence
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation