Cheryl Hughes is senior director of strategic initiatives for The Chicago Community Trust. She is responsible for developing engagement strategies, programs and events and creating the plan for the Trust's Centennial in 2015. As a consultant to the Trust in 2010, she created and produced the successful 95th anniversary celebration, and has since brought the same expertise to the 96th and 98th anniversary events.
Hughes has an established career conceptualizing, establishing and leading new public initiatives that have become established brands, replicated in other cities and institutions. Prior to joining the Trust, she served at the Museum of Science and Industry as executive director of Science Chicago, responsible for leading, creating and managing the year-long public awareness and public engagement campaign. Previously, she was the director of program development for the City of Chicago, Mayor's Office of Special Events, as well as the first executive director of Gallery 37. Hughes was named a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design where she she studied theory and models of urban ephemera and temporary urbanism. She received her masters of social science from the University of Chicago and her bachelors degree in education from Ohio State University.