Board of Directors

Our board underwrites all of our administrative costs, allowing 100 percent of your donation to go directly to supporting our grantees.

Meet Our Board

Our board of directors provides strategic guidance and oversight to A Better Chicago.
Comprised of experienced and thoughtful leaders from the public and private sectors, the board shares our organizational values and is deeply committed to our mission of creating opportunity for underrepresented and disenfranchised Chicagoans.

John Gilligan, Chair


Riverspan Partners

Stephen Beard, Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer

Adtalem Global Education

Beth Swanson, CEO

A Better Chicago

Arjun Aggarwal

Operating Partner

Rubicon Founders

Sean Berkowitz

Partner & Global Chair of Litigation

Latham & Watkins LLP

Eric Chern


Chicago Trading Company

Ricardo Estrada

President & CEO

Metropolitan Family Services

Dr. Janice Jackson

Chief Executive Officer

Hope Chicago

Jack Keller


Keller Group, Inc.

Chris Keogh

Consumer and Wealth Management

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Timothy Knowles


Carnegie Foundation

Liam Krehbiel

Founder + CEO


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Taylor O’Malley

Co-Founding Partner & President

Balyasny Asset Management LP

Ginger Ostro

Executive Director

Illinois Board of Higher Education

Matt Raino

Managing Director

Madison Dearborn Partners

Tracy Schwartz-Ward

Managing Principal

Schwartz Capital Group

Timothy Schwertfeger

Chairman & CEO Emeritus

Nuveen Investments, Inc.

Directors Emeriti

Michael Collins

Bill Conway


Raputs, LLC

Becky Elrad

Civic Leader

Trisha Rooney

Christian Zann

Chief Investment Officer and Founder