Our Board

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Dear Reader: 

Looking back on the last year of activity at Civic Consulting Alliance fills me with a great sense of pride and accomplishment.

Our unique model of public-private partnership depends on our Board, staff, pro bono partners, and clients working in concert, and the past year brought several affirming examples of our commitment to a common cause and collaborative execution.

We are committed to creating a vibrant organization in which people from many backgrounds experience a sense of belonging, have the opportunity to be heard, and contribute and excel in driving equity in our region. Dedicated teams within both our Board and staff examined our recruitment and hiring practices and proposed revisions to bring greater diversity, equity, and inclusion to our organization. At the Board level, we this year recruited the most diverse class of new members in recent memory.

Thirty-six pro bono partners joined with us to invest $10.5 million in the issues that matter most in our region, which you can read more about in this year’s Scorecard. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to them all for their role in making that possible, and I am pleased to report that here, too, our Board led by example. For the first time, we made an explicit ask for financial support from the Board. Both the unanimous participation and the total amount raised speak volumes about the generosity and enthusiasm of our members.


Staff, Board, and pro bono partners together followed through on our leadership’s decision to invest heavily in our Public Safety & Criminal Justice and Economic Vitality platforms. With many more opportunities to take on critical projects, including in Education, our third platform area—our investment decisions must be driven by a strong sense of mission. Our focus remains on identifying places where we believe our people and our partners will have the most leverage to make a positive impact.

The sustained investment of Chicago’s business and civic leaders in improving the lives of everyone in our region is what Civic Consulting Alliance stands for and what makes our work possible. In recognition of that point, I wish to close by acknowledging the work in our fourth and newest platform area, Civic Leadership. We strive to create a more inclusive culture of civic leadership in Chicago, one that builds on the strengths of our history of engaged leadership to create a more equitable culture of leadership, where the benefits of economic growth are shared, and trust in institutions is strengthened. 

I am grateful for and inspired by all of our Board members, staff, pro bono partners, funders, and clients who work every day to make our region a great place to live in and work. Thank you for what you do.


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Deborah L. DeHaas, Chair
Civic Consulting Alliance

Our Board

Our Board is comprised of senior leaders from Chicago’s most prominent corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. They provide invaluable resources, including pro bono project teams, “on loan” executives, funding, and counsel that maximize the impact of our work.

Deborah L. DeHaas*  |  Chair
Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer and Managing Partner for the Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte

Paula Allen-Meares, PhD
Chancellor Emerita, University of Illinois
John Corbally Presidential Professor
Emerita, Professor of Medicine

UIC Chicago College of Medicine

Larry A. Barden
Partner & Chairman of the
Management Committee
Sidley Austin LLP

 Frank V. Battle, Jr.*
Retired Partner
Sidley Austin LLP

Sally Blount
Kellogg School of Management

Bram Bluestein*
Managing Partner
Bluestein and Associates, LLC

The Honorable Edward Burke
Ex-Officio Member
Chairman, Committee on Finance
City of Chicago

James B. Coleman
Chicago Office Managing Director, Products Operating Group Managing Director Accenture

Michael Collins*
Chief Financial Officer and Partner
Bain & Company 

Michelle L. Collins
Cambium LLC

 Matthew C. Crowl
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP 

A. Steven Crown
General Partner
Henry Crown and Company 

Gillian Darlow
Chief Executive Officer
Polk Bros. Foundation 

Daniel Diermeier
The University of Chicago 



Michael C. Evangelides

Charles L. Evans
President and Chief Executive Officer Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 

John Garabedian*
Senior Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group 

Sunil Garg
Solutions Lead, Energy

James T. Glerum, Jr.*
Managing Director, Chairman, Regional Banking North America
Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. 

Larry J. Goodman, MD*
Chief Executive Officer, Rush University Medical Center 

David Hackett
Baker McKenzie

Jake Henry
McKinsey & Company

Linda Imonti
Principal, Advisory Services

 Kish Khemani
A.T. Kearney

Liam Krehbiel
Founder and CEO
A Better Chicago

Anne Ladky *
Executive Director Emeritus
Women Employed

Bruce Lubin
Executive Managing Director & President of Illinois Commercial Banking

Paul Maranville
Managing Partner
Lantern Partners

John W. McCarter, Jr.*
Chair, Board of Regents
Smithsonian Institution 

Dorri McWhorter
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago 

Laurence Msall
Civic Federation

Cindy S. Moelis
The Pritzker Traubert Foundation

David Narefsky*
Mayer Brown LLP 

Christopher A. O’Herlihy
Vice Chairman
Illinois Tool Works Inc. 

James D. Pajakowski
Executive Vice President,
Strategy and Quality


Anne Pramaggiore
President and Chief Executive Officer ComEd

Curtis Reed, Jr.
Managing Director and Region Manager - Chicago
JP Morgan & Chase 

Eric A. Reeves
General Counsel & Managing Director Duchossois Capital Management 

Sheli Z. Rosenberg
Of Counsel
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

E. Scott Santi
President and Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

Nancy Searle*,^
Senior Advisor
Civic Consulting Alliance 

Mark Shadle
Managing Director, Corporate Affairs
Zeno Group 

Goli Sheikholeslami
President and CEO, Chicago Public

Maurice Smith
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

K. Sujata
Chicago Foundation for Women

Tina Tabacchi
Partner in Charge, Chicago
Jones Day

William Von Hoene*
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Exelon Corporation 

Frederick H. Waddell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Northern Trust Corporation 

Kelly Welsh
Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago 

Robert Wislow*
CBRE Chicago

*Executive Committee Member
^ Term ended in FY2018
before June 30, 2018)