More than 400 Chicagoans, representing a wealth of diverse perspectives, are serving on 10 transition committees that are helping shape Mayor-elect Lightfoot’s administration as she prepares to take office on May 20th. Committee members are reaching out across Chicago, gathering fresh viewpoints from our city’s rich and diverse communities.

Their recommendations are published in a transition report, which is available on this website and will distributed to all Chicago public libraries.

The Transition Co-Chairs are:

Gloria Castillo

Chicago United

Angelique Power


Samir Mayekar


Bob Reiter

Chicago Federation of Labor

Dr. Willie Wilson


Penny Pritzker


Sam Skinner

Greenberg Traurig

Maria Wynne

Leadership Greater Chicago

Committee Members & Memos

To inform discussions and create a lasting reservoir of ideas for the new administration, transition committee members prepared memos as part of the committee process. These memos reflect the perspectives that committee members are bringing to the process. Read each committee’s memos below.

Arts & Culture

Nick Cave (Co-Chair)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Denise Gardner (Co-Chair)
Art Institute of Chicago

Lisa Yun Lee (Co-Chair)
National Public Housing Museum

Carlos Tortolero (Co-Chair)
National Museum of Mexican Art

Miguel Aguilar
Graffiti Institute

Steve Cohen
Chicago Media Project

Amina Dickerson
Dickerson Global Advisors

Hector Duarte
Chicago Public Art Group

David Feiner
Albany Park Theater Project

Theaster Gates
Rebuild Foundation

Hallie Gordon
Steppenwolf Theatre

Esther Grimm

Akilah Halley

Monica Haslip
Little Black Pearl

Evan Hatfield
Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium

Heather Ireland Robinson
Jazz Institute of Chicago

Terryl Jares
Chicago Federation of Musicians

Kevin Iega Jeff
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater/Productions

Omar Magana
OPEN Center for the Arts

Billy Ocasio
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Todd Palmer
Chicago Architecture Biennial

Lou Raizin
Broadway in Chicago

Joseph Robinson
Joe Freshgoods Inc.

Jacqueline Russell
Chicago Children’s Theatre

Joe Shanahan
Metro / Smartbar

Lauren Sivak
2nd Story

Willa Taylor
Goodman Theater

Katie Tuten
The Hideout and
Chicago Independent Venue League

Kristina Valada-Viars

Amanda Williams

Patrick Wood-Prince
Annandale LLC

Business, Economic and Neighborhood Development

Ric Estrada (Co-Chair)
Metropolitan Family Services

Meghan Harte (Co-Chair)

Maria Kim (Co-Chair)

Darnell Shields (Co-Chair)
Austin Coming Together

Rocky Wirtz (Co-Chair)
Chicago Blackhawks

Rev. Ira Acree
Greater St. John Bible Church

Paola Aguirre
Borderless Studios LLC

Brenda Palms Barber
North Lawndale Employment Network

MarySue Barrett
Metropolitan Planning Council

Andrew Beideman

Marcus Betts
University of Illinois at Chicago

Sandra Bivens
51st Street Business Association

Dr. Byron Brazier
Apostolic Church of God

Markell Bridges

Jose Cerda III

Jahmal Cole
My Block My Hood My City

Ed Coleman
Bethel New Life

Malcolm Crawford
Austin African American Business Networking Association

Jack Crowe
Year Up

Cherita Ellens
Women Employed Organization

Bill Fienup

Phil Fuentes
McDonald’s Franchises

Chris Gladwin
P33 Tech initiative

Perry Gunn
Teamwork Englewood

Hermene Hartman

Paul Lambert
Bank of America

Jack Lavin
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Marie Lynch
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future

Brad McConnell
Accion Chicago

David Merriman
University of Illinois at Chicago

Eileen Mitchell
AT&T Illinois

Matt Muench

Bill Niesman
IBEW Local 9

Julian Posada
The Resurrection Project

Teresa Rufaro Prim
Prim Lawrence Group 

Nadia Quarles
University of Chicago

Lyneir Richardson
Chicago Trend

Charmaine Rickette
Uncle Remus Chicken

Shari Runner
The Humanity Institute

Neal Sáles-Griffin

Dawveed Scully
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Rebecca Yemin Shi
Illinois Business Immigration Council

Joel Simon
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Whitney Smith
JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Sam Toia
Illinois Restaurant Association

Tim Tuten
The Hideout

Jayne Vellinga
Chicago Women in Trades

Leon Walker
DL3 Realty

Christy Webber
Christy Webber & Company

Simone Weil
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Betsy Ziegler

Andrea Zopp
World Business Chicago


Niketa Brar (Co-Chair)
Chicago United for Equity

Aarti Dhupelia (Co-Chair)
National Louis University

Dr. Sybil Madison (Co-Chair)
Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy

Sylvia Puente (Co-Chair)
Latino Policy Forum

Sandra Abrevaya
Thrive Chicago

Chad Adams
Sullivan High School

Jennifer Alexander
Metropolitan Family Services

Daniel Anello
Kids First Chicago

Karina Ayala-Bermejo
Instituto del Progreso Latino

Jennie Biggs
Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education

Meredith Bluhm Wolf
Lamb Partners

Dr. Mary Ellen Caron
After School Matters

Jason Coleman

Greg Darnieder
The Partnership for College Completion

Sandy De León
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Mary Dempsey
DePaul College Prep

Juanita Douglas
Chicago Public Schools

Clarisol Duque
Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Alejandro Espinoza Olazaba

Courtney Everette
O’Koon Psychology Group

Acasia Wilson Feinberg
The Danielson Group

Cheryl Flores
Golden Apple Foundation

Sol Flores
State of Illinois

Maricela Garcia
Gads Hill Center

Phyllis Glink
Irving Harris Foundation

Cornelia Grumman
McCormick Foundation

Dr. Mildred Harris
God First Church and Ministries

Dr. Theresa Hawley
Illinois Action for Children

Sana Jafri
Chicago Learning Exchange

Constance Jones
Noble Network of Charter Schools

Dr. Steve Katsouros
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago

Imran Khan
Embarc Chicago

Ruth Kimble
Austin Childcare Providers’ Network

John Kozlar

Mimi LeClair
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

Phyllis Lockett
LEAP Innovations

Adelric McCain
Network for College Success, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Dr. Luisiana Meléndez
Erikson Institute

Robin Melvin
MENTOR Illinois

Cameron Mock
State of Illinois, Governor’s Office of Management & Budget

Jenny Nagaoka
University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Zena Naiditch
Equip for Equality

Katya Nuques
Enlace Chicago

Dr. Cristina Pacione Zayas
Erikson Institute

Dr. Alexios Rosario-Moore

Dr. Dilara Sayeed

Carmita Semaan
Surge Institute

Fareeda Shabazz
Richard T. Crane Medical Prep High School

Natasha Smith-Walker
Project Exploration

Dr. Sonia Soltero
DePaul University

Paul Sznewajs
Ingenuity, Inc.

Karen VanAusdal

Sheila Venson
Youth Connection Charter Schools

Ilana Zafran Walden
Umoja Student Development Corporation

Anthony Watson
Becoming A Man (BAM)

Maria Whelan
Illinois Action for Children


Joe Dominguez (Co-Chair)

Suzanne Malec-McKenna (Co-Chair)

Anton Seals (Co-Chair)
Grow Greater Englewood

Jennifer Walling (Co-Chair)
Illinois Environmental Council

Gerald Adelmann

Marcella Bondie Keenan
Center for Neighborhood Technology

Joel Brammeier
Alliance for the Great Lakes

Joyce Coffee
Climate Resilience Consulting

Josh Ellis
Metropolitan Planning Council

Don Finn
IBEW Local 134

Margaret Frisbie
Friends of the Chicago River

Seva Gandhi
Institute of Cultural Affairs

Benjamin Helphand

Lisa Hyatt
Lincoln Park Zoo

Veronica Kyle
Faith in Place

Charles Matthews
Peoples Gas

Katie McClain
Energize Ventures

Dr. Jo Elle Mogerman
Shedd Aquarium

Josh Mogerman
Natural Resource Defense Council

Susan Mudd
Environmental Law and Policy Center

Uzma Noormohamed
Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation

Antonia Ornelas
Elevate Energy

Mike Pagano
College of Urban Planning and Public Affaris, University of Illinois at Chicago

Danielle Perry
Growing Home Inc.

Grace Troccolo Rink
Quercus Consulting

Carina Ruiz
Audubon Great Lakes

Peggy Salazar
Southeast Environmental Task Force

Kari Steele
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Edward Torrez
BauerLatoza Studio

Mijo Vodopic

Kim Wasserman
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Doug Widener
Lincoln Park Conservancy

Ernie Wong
Site Design Group

Kyra Woods
Sierra Club

Wendy Zeldin
Experimental Station

Good Governance

Khadine Bennett (Co-Chair)
ACLU Illinois

Ami Gandhi (Co-Chair)
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

Andrew Kang (Co-Chair)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Dick Simpson (Co-Chair)
University of Illinois at Chicago

Clem Balanoff
Amalgamated Transit Union and Our Revolution Chicago

Noelle Brennan
Noelle Brennan & Associates

Asiaha Butler
Resident Association of Greater Englewood

Marie Dillon
Better Government Association

Madeleine Doubek
CHANGE Illinois

Derek Eder

Adam Gross

David Hoffman
Sidley Austin

Darryl Holliday
City Bureau

Mary Miro
Reform Illinois

David Orr
Former Alderman, Mayor of Chicago, and Cook County Clerk

Ameya Pawar
47th Ward, City of Chicago

Elliot Richardson
Small Business Advocacy Council

Rev. Saeed Richardson
Community Renewal Society

Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG

Michael Shakman
Miller Shakman & Beem

Sendy Soto
Cook County Assessor’s Office

Remel Terry
NAACP West Side

Matt Topic
Loevy and Loevy

Stevie Valles
Chicago Votes

Griselda Vega Samuel

Audra Wilson
League of Women Voters

Jay Young
Common Cause IL

Health & Human Services

Evelyn Diaz (Co-Chair)
Heartland Alliance

Alexa James (Co-Chair)
NAMI Chicago

David Munar (Co-Chair)
Howard Brown Health

Jennifer Welch (Co-Chair)
Planned Parenthood

Christine Achre
Primo Center for Women and Children

Heather Higgins Alderman
Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

David Ansell
Rush University Medical Center

Tom Britton
Gateway Foundation

Suzanne Carlberg-Racich
DePaul University

Arturo Carrillo
Saint Anthony Hospital

Kirstin Chernawsky
Erie Neighborhood House

Dr. Colleen Cicchetti
Center for Childhood Resilience

Esther Corpuz
Alivio Medical Center

Dr. Judith Cothran

Selma D’Souza
Indo-American Center

Karen Foley
Juvenile Protective Association

Dan Fulwiler
Esperanza Health Centers

Dr. Wayne Giles
University of Illinois at Chicago

Pastor Chris Harris
Brightstar Church of Chicago

Grace Hou
Illinois Department of Human Services

Mark Ishaug

Jeri Linas
Ignite: Futures with Promise

Nancy Loeb
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Roberta Lynch

Rosanna Marquez
AARP Illinois

Juan Morado
Benesch Law

Bela Moté
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

John Peller
AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Luvia Quiñones
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Roberta Rakove
Sinai Health System

Quinn Rallins
Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative, Office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor

Edgar Ramirez
Chicago Commons

Leticia Reyes Nash
Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Dr. Lorrie Rickman-Jones
Next Level Health

Jose Rico
United Way

Erica Salem
Respiratory Health Association

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar
Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic

Tina Sanders
Phalanx Family Services

Margie Schaps
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Dr. Jay Shannon
Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Martinez Sutton

Dr. Shastri Swaminathan
Advocate Health Systems

Kai Tao

Donna Thompson
Access Community Health

Linda Xochitl Tortolero
Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Dr. Carolyn Vessel
I AM ABLE Center for Family Development

Jennifer Vidis
Chicago Department of Health

Kathy Waligora
Everthrive Illinois

Erin Walton

Eli Williamson
Leave No Veteran Behind

Scott Winslow
fScott & Co.Healthcare Consultants


Angela Hurlock (Co-Chair)
Claretian Associates

Juan Carlos Linares (Co-Chair)

Paul Roldan (Co-Chair)
Hispanic Housing Development Corporation

Mark Angelini
Mercy Housing Lakefront

Joy Aruguete
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation

Curt Bailey
Related Midwest

Jeff Bartow
Southwest Organizing Project

Betsy Benito
Corporation for Supportive Housing

Deborah Bennett

Ciere Boatright
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

Marca Bristo
Access Living

Debra Cafaro
Ventas, Inc.

Craig Chico
Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

Jim Coyne
Plumbers Local 130

Felicia Dawson
Preservation of Affordable Housing

Andrew Geer
Enterprise Community Partners

Rob Grossinger
National Community Stabilization Trust

King Harris
Illinois Housing Development Authority

Calvin Holmes
Chicago Community Loan Fund

Kim Hunt
Pride Action Tank

Nicole Jackson
Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen

Courtney Jones
Dearborn Realtist

Mack Julion
National Association of Letter Carriers

Rafael Leon
Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation

Rami Nashashibi
Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Marisa Novara
Metropolitan Planning Council

Erika Poethig
Urban Institute

Raul Raymundo
The Resurrection Project

Brian Rowland
A Safe Haven LLC 

James Rudyk
Northwest Side Housing Center

Doug Schenkelberg
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Britt Shawver
Housing Opportunities for Women

Mark Skender

Geoff Smith
DePaul University

Janet Smith
University of Illinois at Chicago

Steve Thomas
5T Management Inc.

Rev. Dr. Richard Tolliver
St. Edmund’s Redevelopment Corporation

Jaime Torres Carmona
Canopy / architecture + design, LLC

Richard Townsell
Lawndale Christian Development Corporation

Vivien Tsou
ONE Northside

Jessica Rose Wallace
Metropolitan Family Services

Stacie Young
Community Investment Corporation and The Preservation Compact

Public Safety & Accountability

Eddie Bocanegra (Co-Chair)
READI/Heartland Alliance

Lisa Madigan (Co-Chair)

Charles Ramsey (Co-Chair)
Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Community Policing

Nina Vinik (Co-Chair)

Thomas Abt
Harvard Kennedy School

Roseanna Ander
University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs

Phil Andrew
Archdiocese of Chicago

Pastor Randall Blakey
LaSalle Street Church

Rev. Dr. Beth Brown
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church

Vaughn Bryant
Metropolitan Family Services

Amy Campanelli
Cook County Public Defender

Commander Ernest Cato
Chicago Police Department

Sheriff Tom Dart
Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Ahmadou Drame
Safer Foundation

Luis Gutierrez
Latinos Progresando

Sergeant Jermaine Harris
Chicago Police Department

Hnr. Terry Hillard
TGH Consultants, Inc.

Susan Johnson
Chicago Survivors

Captain Sean Joyce
Chicago Police Department

Norman Kerr

Denise Lam
YMCA of Metro Chicago

Susan Lee
Chicago CRED

Becky Levin
Lurie Children’s Hospital

Tracey Meares
Yale University

William Michael
Mayer Brown

Sharone Mitchell
Illinois Justice Project

Dennis Mondero
Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss
Trinity United Church of Christ

John O’Malley
William Blair & Company

Andrew Papachristos
Northwestern University

Father Michael Pfleger
Faith Community of Saint Sabina

Autry Phillips
Target Area DevCorp

Maria Pike
Everytown Survivor Network

Rebecca Raines
Chicago Westside NAACP

Leo Schmitz

Alicia Tate-Nadeau
Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Jim Tracy
Fire Fighters Local 2

Marny Zimmer
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Transportation & Infrastructure

Duana Love (Co-Chair)

Roberto Requejo (Co-Chair)
Elevated Chicago

Ivan Solis (Co-Chair)

Carol Ross Barney
Ross Barney Architects

Ron Burke
Active Transportation Alliance

Nancy Clawson
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jim Connolly
Chicago Laborers’ District Council

Kirk Dillard
Regional Transportation Authority

Sharon Feigon
Shared-Use Mobility Center

Kitty Freidheim
Freidheim Consulting

Dr. Robert Ginsburg
Office of U.S. Congressman Jesús García

Billy Glunz
American Airlines

Jacky Grimshaw
Center for Neighborhood Technology

Derrick James

Vig Krishnamurthy
Ford Smart Mobility

Kristi LaFleur
Ascend Infrastructure

Ray LaHood
DLA Piper

Mary Rose Loney
The Loney Group LLC

Dr. Kate Lowe
University of Illinois at Chicago

Daniel Lynch
United Airlines

Fidel Marquez

Angel Mendez
HERE Technologies

Wilbur Milhouse
Milhouse Engineering & Construction

David Narefsky
Mayer Brown

Carlos Nelson
Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation

Marc Poulos
Operating Engineers Local 150

Tom Powers
DB Sterlin

John Robak
Greeley & Hansen

Kimberly Slaughter
HNTB Corporation

Amber Smock
Access Living

Mike Sturino
Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association

Steven Vance
Cityscape/Streetsblog Chicago


Under the leadership of Mikva Challenge, diverse youth from organizations across the city are providing perspectives directly from those who have the most at stake in Chicago’s future: our young people. Their views will be part of the final transition report.

Rohit Khanal (Co-Chair)
Mather High School, Mikva

Najae Oshibanjo (Co-Chair)
Bowen High School, Youth Guidance

Legal Advisory Council

Steve Elrod, Holland & Knight
James D. Montgomery, James D. Montgomery & Associates, Ltd.
David Narefsky, Mayer Brown
Jose Padilla, DePaul University
Amalia Rioja, Baker McKenzie

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