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Doug Schenkelberg

Doug Schenkelberg has been named executive director, effective in January. Doug has directed public policy advocacy for Heartland Alliance, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and most recently, Forefront. He succeeds Ed Shurna, who retired after 12 years as executive director.  Doug has 15 years’ experience directing public policy advocacy at Chicago […]

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank is a 501 non-profit organization that focuses on providing food to those in need in northern Illinois. Partnerships and donors allow for more than 71,000 people to be fed each week through different programs. Northern Illinois Food Bank operates in 13 counties surrounding Chicago.

Dan Kotowski

Born and raised in Chicago, Dan Kotowski’s lifelong passion for helping children and his community compelled him in 2006 to run for the Illinois State Senate. During his nine years as a senator, he built a reputation as one of the hardest working public servants in Springfield, and focused his advocacy efforts on investing in […]


One of the largest private, non-profit Community Action Agencies in the country, CEDA serves residents throughout Cook County, Illinois. Programs and services are offered in the areas of education, emergency assistance, employment and workforce training, energy conservation and services, health and nutrition, and housing counseling services. We are constantly improving and expanding our services to […]

Theresa Forthofer

Theresa Forthofer is a passionate, driven and dedicated non-profit administrator with more than twenty-five years of well-rounded executive experience. She has a proven track record of successfully leading organizations during times of transition and challenge while maintaining the history and values the organizations were built upon. She is committed to building collaborations that advance an […]

We All Code

We All Code is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and inspiring youth ages 7 to 16 to code. Our free workshops provide hands-on instruction by volunteers from the Chicago developer community inspired to share their passion. Our curriculum exposes students to analytical problem solving to build whatever they might imagine.   – Founded as […]

Adam Alonso

Since his arrival at BUILD in March 2015, Adam has catalyzed dramatic growth of BUILD’s programs, community leadership role, and impact. By rapidly developing and launching new initiatives—including the Block 51 Arts Academy, BUILDing Girls 2 Women program, and expanded behavioral health services, Alonso has led a transformation that has doubled BUILD’s budget and staff, […]

Mimi LeClair

Mimi LeClair is President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago where she oversees 20+ Clubs serving nearly 20,000 children each year. Mimi joined BGCC in April 2016. In her role, she is leading a strategic plan to increase the impact of the organization and the number of children helped through BGCC’s critical […]

Embrace Challenges

Joshua Hale is President and CEO at Big Shoulders Fund, a Chicago based non-profit focusing on educating the future workers of Chicago by working with inner city schools. Watch the full BizCastHQ video to see him discuss the importance of human capital in his industry, how he expanded his organization across the country, and more.

Attract Quality People In A Different Way

Tony DiVittorio is the President of Clearbrook, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing human services to those with special needs. DiVittorio has encountered many challenges in his career working as a not-for-profit relying on state and government funding. Relying on government funding can be inconsistent, to say the least, but DiVittorio maintains that he and […]