The Chicago Community Trust Welcomes Three New Board Members

CHICAGO – February 5, 2019 – Today, The Chicago Community Trust announced Gloria Castillo, Anne Ladky and Ethan Meers as new members of its Executive Committee.


Gloria Castillo is president and CEO of Chicago United, a corporate membership organization that advances multiracial leadership in business to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color. She is a pioneering advocate for diversity, inclusion and social and economic justice through the lens of business strategy, who speaks and writes frequently on issues of race and corporate diversity. Her work on behalf of underrepresented populations has been recognized by numerous organizations, including an honorary doctorate in social justice from Roosevelt University in 2017, and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award in 2018. Castillo is highly regarded as an active and outspoken inclusion advocate in Chicago’s business community, where she has served on numerous boards and commissions. She currently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Field Foundation and as a director of the Mather Lifeways.

Appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


Anne Ladky Anne Ladky is a nationally recognized expert on workforce development and higher education access, equal opportunity policy, job quality and issues affecting low-paid working women. She has developed and directed innovative advocacy campaigns, and authored numerous reports and articles on economic issues affecting women and families. From 1985 until 2016 Ladky served as Executive Director of Women Employed, a 47-year-old organization whose mission is to improve women’s economic status and remove barriers to economic equity. Under her leadership, Women Employed won numerous awards for excellence in program effectiveness and management. Ladky has served on many public boards and commissions including the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, the Chicago Workforce Board, the Higher Education Finance Study Commission, the Illinois Workforce Investment Council and the Community Advisory Council of the City Colleges of Chicago. In 2015, she co-chaired the Mayor’s Task Force on Working Families. Ladky currently advises organizations on strategic initiatives and organizational development and is engaged in efforts to increase equity and inclusion in the Chicago region. She is a member of the Board of the Civic Consulting Alliance and the Advisory Council of Education Equity Inc.

Appointed by the Executive Committee


Ethan Meers is a principal of Kinship Capital, responsible for building and managing Kinship’s long-duration multifaceted real estate portfolio. His responsibilities include managing commercial real estate investments; structuring partnerships and capital structures; and formulating Kinship’s real estate strategies. In addition, Meers manages a variety of compliance and asset management activities for the group. He previously worked in acquisitions at the Related Companies, a highly diversified real estate firm with expertise in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance and sales. Meers began his career with Telesis Corporation, a Washington, D.C.-based company that plans, finances and builds affordable urban communities.

Appointed by the President of The University of Chicago


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