Terry Peterson

Terry Peterson is vice president of government affairs at Rush University Medical Center where he leads, develops, and implements federal, state, and local government relations initiatives. As the liaison with elected officials, government agencies and advocacy organizations, Peterson advises Rush leadership on policy issues affecting the Medical Center and is the primary contact for hospital and university staff regarding governmental issues affecting healthcare. Peterson champions the issues of health disparities for the Medical Center, marshaling the providers, government, and community leaders to address inequities in health care delivery throughout Chicago and Cook County.

Peterson was appointed Chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) by Mayor Richard M. Daley and was retained by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and most recently by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The CTA operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system with average weekday ridership of 1.5 million and an annual budget of $1.57 billion. During his tenure as Chairman, the CTA has completed, started work on or begun planning more than $8 billion of projects, some of which include the largest projects in CTA history, such as the Red Line South reconstruction, Red and Purple Modernization and the Red Line Extension.

In 2007, Peterson served as campaign manager for Mayor Richard Daley’s successful re- election campaign, during which he planned and implemented campaign activities and built coalitions.

As CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority from 2000-2006, Peterson led the organization’s $1.5 billion program to transform Chicago’s public housing from unsafe, high-density developments to safe, low-rise mixed-income communities. His accomplishments include completing the first public housing bond issuance in the country. During his tenure, Peterson closed finance deals on 34 mixed income development sites, which leveraged over $1 billion in public and private investment.

As Alderman of Chicago’s 17th ward from 1996-2000, Peterson generated more than $200 million in development for the Auburn-Gresham and Englewood communities. In addition, he served as executive assistant to Mayor Daley and as assistant commissioner of the City’s Department of Planning and Development.

Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chicago State University and a Master of Public Administration from Roosevelt University. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate.

Currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, the Chicago Fire Department Foundation Board, and the One Chicago Fund Board.

Appointed by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chief Judge.

Heather Steans

Heather Steans chairs her family’s foundation, the Steans Family Foundation.  From 2008 through February, 2021 she represented Illinois’ 7th District in the Senate.  As state senator Steans led budget negotiations as an appropriations chair and passed legislation to bring marriage equality to Illinois, tax and regulate cannabis, reform the state’s Medicaid program, enact significant nursing home reform and improve the environment by reducing mercury waste, creating commercial composting capabilities and banning microbeads. She also passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 2018, making Illinois the 37th state to ratify it and secured the passage of legislation that ensures Illinois remains a state where women can safely and legally exercise their right to choose.

Heather Steans graduated from Princeton with a B.A. in Urban Studies and received her M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her professional career has focused on government finance, economic development and education reform. She is the former budget director of the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, served as a strategic planner with the Chicago Public Schools and was a consultant with Ernst & Young. Steans has received numerous awards, including the Legislator of the Year Award from AARP, the Richard Phelan Profile in Courage Award from Planned Parenthood, the Legislative Recovery Award from Trilogy, and the Equality Illinois Freedom Award.

Heather Steans and her husband Leo have three children, a foster son and have lived in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago for over 25 years.

Appointed in 2021 by the Trustees Committee.

Margie Stineman

Margie Stineman has diverse experience in nonprofit management and philanthropic leadership. Stineman began her career at Young and Rubicam, followed by roles at Esprit and Polo Jeans Company. After earning her MBA in nonprofit management, marketing and strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Stineman served as associate director of Crown Family Philanthropies, and later consulted for philanthropic services firm Arabella Advisors. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. Stineman currently serves on the Founders’ Board at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as well as on its Stanley Manne Research Institute Board of Directors and as the immediate past chair of its Advocacy Committee. She is the current co-chair of the Founders’ Council of the Field Museum of Natural History and a member of the Chicago Women’s Alliance of Partners in Health. Her previous board commitments include serving as a member of the Women’s Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, past president and founding member of the Guild of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and two separate terms on the Alumni Council at Phillips Academy (Andover).

Appointed in 2020 by the Executive Committee

Omar Duque

Omar Duque is president of The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC), the premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in information technology. Duque is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship and how both help build community and help create a better world. He previously served as president and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which under his leadership developed initiatives to connect more Latinos to the innovation economy. IHCC has partnered with 1871 Chicago to develop a first-of-its-kind incubator program for Latinx tech startups. Since launching in late 2016, 72 Latinx founders have completed the program. Cohort companies have raised more than $6.5 million in early stage capital, created more than 190 new jobs and gone on to notable accelerators including Techstars. Duque is also is the co-founder of the Latinx Founders Collective, a national initiative to build a community of more than 100 venture-funded Latinx startups by 2020.

Appointed in 2020 by the Trustees’ Committee

Ethan Meers

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. Meers holds a bachelors degree in history and American Studies from Princeton University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he also collaborates and mentors as a returning alumni in the classroom. He serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee for the National Outdoor Leadership School, is vice chair of the Nature Conservancy in Illinois and an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Appointed in 2019 by the President of The University of Chicago

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 in 2019 by the Executive Committee

Bryan Traubert

Bryan Traubert is chairman of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, a philanthropy dedicated to equalizing opportunity in Chicago. A practicing ophthalmologist in Chicago for over 30 years, Traubert completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital and was a fellow in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago. He founded Take the Field, which builds artificial turf fields in Chicago’s underserved communities, and he also founded and serves on the board of the Chicago Parks Foundation. Traubert is vice chairman of the board of WBEZ/Chicago Public Media, chairman of the board of the National Park Foundation and a member of the boards of Noble Street Charter Schools and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He previously served as president of the Chicago Park District Board and as a member of the White House Fellows Commission. Traubert earned a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and a medical degree from the University of Illinois. He was a 2016 fellow at The Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford.

Appointed in 2018 by the Mayor of the City of Chicago

Renetta E. McCann

Renetta McCann is the chief talent officer at Leo Burnett, where she leads the agency’s people & culture department with oversight of the agency’s U.S. recruitment, training, benefits and talent development. McCann began her career at Leo Burnett and later served as CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group Worldwide and Chief Talent Officer of VivaKi. She worked as an executive coach and organizational change consultant before rejoining Leo Burnett in 2012. McCann holds an M.S. in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University, where she also became an adjunct faculty member in 2016. She was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes and a woman to watch by both Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. She serves as an honorary trustee for The Ancona School and is a former board member of Chicago Public Media.

Appointed in 2018 by the Presiding Judge of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Steven Koch

Steven Koch served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago from September 2012 to August 2017, leading key initiatives related to economic development, planning, job development, budget issues, municipal finance and revenue. Koch previously spent 27 years at Credit Suisse, where he ran and chaired the global mergers and acquisitions business. Under his leadership, the business saw yearly peak revenues of $2.5 billion. Koch’s past civic commitments include chair of the Sinai Health System of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository and co-chair of the City of Chicago’s Green Ribbon Commission on Sustainability and Climate Change. He is also a life trustee of the Francis Parker School. Koch received his B.A. from Hampshire College, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Chicago Law School. He was a Henry Luce Fellow and served as a law clerk for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh.

Appointed in 2018 by the Mayor of the City of Chicago

Martin Cabrera, Jr.

Martin Cabrera is the CEO and Founder of Cabrera Capital Markets (CCM) and Cabrera Capital Partners (CCP). 

Cabrera Capital Markets (CCM) provides global investment banking and institutional brokerage services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes financial institutions, states and municipalities, corporations, unions, foundations and endowments. CCM has issued over $900 billion in debt and equities for municipalities and corporations domestically and internationally. CCM’s taxable fixed income and global equities trading desks are transacting over one billion in securities daily. 

Cabrera Capital Partners (CCP) provides commercial and residential real estate development expertise, investment, and consulting services to a full range of clients in the public, private, institutional and non-profit sectors. CCP has experience providing investment advisory services including development, acquisition and management of over $3.5 billion in institutional real estate. CCP’s current real estate development focus is the transformation of a thirty-six acre vacant in-fill site on Chicago’s Southwest side into a 400+ million mixed income and mixed use community providing essential housing, services and jobs. 

Martin has over twenty-five years of investment experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and studied at the London School of Economics. 

Martin currently serves as a Board Member at Chicago Community Trust, Member of the Archbishop’s Finance Council and Chairman of the Real Estate Committee for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chairman of the Endowment Committee at St. Ignatius College Prep, Governing Board Member at Econ Illinois, Board Member of World Business Chicago, Board Member of Latino Donor Collaborative, Former Chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago and Former Chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission. 

Appointed in 2017 by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.