Evolving Leadership, Enduring Commitment

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Along with the new year has come an influx of strong new leadership to The Chicago Community Trust. We’re pleased to update you on several new voices helping to shape the Trust’s enduring philanthropic impact.

In January, Linda Wolf assumed the chair of our Executive Committee, succeeding previous chair Michael Ferro. The retired chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide, Wolf joined the Trust’s board in 2013. You can learn more about her civic commitments to Chicago, and her support for critical needs through the Trust’s Unity Fund, in this conversation on philanthropy with Linda Wolf and director of development Antonio Martinez.

Photo of Linda Wolf with the quote: Chicago is a very philanthropic city, with people who are very compassionate and willing to give their time and their dollars to the issues that face the city.


The Trust has also welcomed six members to its Executive Committee in recent months: Steven Koch, former Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago; Renetta E. McCann, chief talent officer at Leo Burnett; James O’Connor Jr., global head of venture capital and managing director of William Blair & Company; Cari B. Sacks, an active philanthropist engaged with numerous civic and cultural organizations; William H. Strong, chairman and managing director of Longford Capital Management; and Bryan Traubert, chairman of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation.

Dr. Helene Gayle, seated, speaks into a microphone at the World Economic Forum
“You bring into a role who you are; you bring your whole person. I bring who I am as an African American, as a woman, as a physician, as somebody who is a middle child of five children. I bring all of that into the equation, and I hope that because I have some experiences that are different than my predecessors, I’ll see issues in a different way.”


Finally, Dr. Helene D. Gayle is approaching her six-month anniversary as the Trust’s president & CEO. Hear what Dr. Gayle has been learning and sharing since her arrival:

• Read Dr. Gayle’s Q&A with the Chicago Tribune

• Watch Dr. Gayle’s interview on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

• And experience Dr. Gayle in conversation with Dr. Julie Morita, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, at the launch of Elevated Chicago, an equitable transit-oriented development initiative founded by the Trust and partners.