Steering Committee

We appreciate our Steering Committee for contributing their time and ideas. They have worked tirelessly to make On the Table a success for the third year in a row.

  • Leslie Bluhm, On the Table Co-Chair Co-Founder, Chicago Cares
  • Mary Richardson-Lowry, On the Table Co-Chair Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Benjamin Breit Director of Communications, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart's Office
  • Vaughn Bryant Chief of Programs, Chicago Park District
  • Mevlut “Hilmi” Cinar President, Niagara Foundation
  • Alison Cuddy Associate Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival
  • Sol Flores Executive Director, La Casa Norte
  • Caroline Goldstein Interim Executive Director, LISC Chicago
  • Shawn Healy Civic Learning Scholar, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Adolfo Hernandez Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement
  • Ann Kisting Executive Director, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Joseph Kwame Hoereth Director, Institute of Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jeff Malehorn President and CEO, World Business Chicago
  • Jessica Malkin Executive Director, Chicago Ideas
  • Theresa Mintle President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Michelle Morales Executive Director - Chicago, Mikva Challenge
  • Maggie Morales Manager of Community Engagement, The Lake County Community Foundation
  • Jenne Myers CEO, Chicago Cares
  • Mona Noriega Commissioner, Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  • Katya Nuques Executive Director, Enlace Chicago
  • Kelly O'Brien President and Founder, Ideaction Corps
  • Daniel X. O’Neil Executive Director, Smart Chicago
  • Lauren Pesqueda Manager of Community Relations, Chicago White Sox
  • Beatriz Ponce de Leon Executive Director, Generation All
  • Norma E. Ramos Director of Marketing and Communications, Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Wendy Raymer Director, U.S. Community Affairs, BMO Financial Group
  • Wendy Richter Administrative Assistant, The Lake County Community Foundation
  • Tony Rokita Director, Community Relations and Player Programs, Chicago Bulls
  • Andrea Saenz First Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
  • Juan Salgado President and CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino
  • Irene Sherr Legislative Affairs, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Michael Trench Executive Director, The Community Foundation of Will County
  • Katie Tuten Program Manager/Program Development, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Laura Williams Neighborhood Economic Development, World Business Chicago
  • Wendy Walker Williams Executive Director, South East Chicago Commission
  • Heather Way Kitzes Manager of Government and Neighborhood Relations, Chicago Cubs
  • Eric Weinheimer President and CEO, Forefront
  • Angel Ysaguirre Executive Director, Illinois Humanities

The Chicago Community Trust

The Chicago Community Trust is the region’s largest community foundation. For the past century, the Trust has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago.

Our region is home to people passionate about their neighborhoods. People committed to making a difference. People divided by a legacy of segregation, separated by lines of class and race and opportunity – but there is much more that unites us than divides us. As the Trust begins our next century of service, we pledge to bridge these divisions and to champion the common good. We aim to be the most philanthropic region in the nation. By inviting everyone to join in conversation, and inspiring everyone to collective action, together we can create a place where no one is left behind.

Since our founding, the Trust has awarded approximately $1.8 billion in grant funding to more than 11,000 local nonprofit organizations – including more than $164.5 million in 2014. For more information, visit