Sonya Anderson has worked domestically and internationally to increase educational opportunity for underserved populations. She has designed and led programs to advance girls’ education in Africa; led federal policy and advocacy efforts to support early childhood education for at-risk youth in the United States; and worked throughout the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to provide funding and other resources to support strong schools, families, and communities. Sonya’s professional experiences include serving as the Senior Vice President for Programs at Crown Family Philanthropies, the Vice-President for National Affairs at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and as the Education Program Director at the Oprah Winfrey Foundations. Sonya holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from the University of Ghana, and a doctorate from Harvard University.
Leah Missbach Day
Leah Missbach Day is a documentary photographer based in Chicago, whose work has been exhibited across the U.S. and internationally. In 2005, Day co-founded World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit organization, which has provided over 140,000 bicycles to families rebuilding livelihoods, caregivers combating disease, students seeking access to education and entrepreneurs who depend on quality transportation. Her images and storytelling often serve the organization’s campaigns. Day’s artistry extends to the written word including the forward to National Geographic’s book, ‘Wheels of Change: How Women Rode to Freedom’ and a rebuttal to the book, ‘Hope for Africa’. She frequently speaks on behalf of World Bicycle Relief, notably as keynote speaker for Women Bike’s 1st Annual Summit. Day received her M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago where she taught for eight years.
Roberta M. Feldman, M.Arch., PhD
Roberta Feldman is an architectural activist, researcher and educator committed to democratic design. Feldman has been engaged in public interest design and research for more than 30 years. She has worked individually as well as coordinated multi-disciplinary teams of students, faculty and professionals in the fields of architecture, urban planning, graphic and industrial design, and history and culture of cities to support communities underserved by the design professions. Embracing participatory design and action research practices, Feldman has sustained working relationships with leaders in over fifty community organizations and development corporations in Chicago’s low income neighborhoods to address their visions for shaping, revitalizing and preserving their designed environments. Feldman has initiated numerous advocacy projects as well — forums, summits, exhibits, and websites – and written numerous publications to raise the professions’ and public’s awareness of design’s potential to serve the public’s interest.
Feldman is Professor Emerita, UIC School of Architecture, Director Emerita, UIC City Design Center, and affiliated faculty, IIT PhD Program in Architecture.
Tracey Fletcher is a lawyer with the Friedman Law Group, Ltd., a Chicago-based firm specializing in marketing law. Tracey’s practice focuses on charitable promotions, environmental marketing, and general commercial transactions. She is also the general counsel of the Usher III Initiative, a medical research foundation. Tracey’s past experience includes founding the legal department of a global public relations firm and serving as Senior Assistant General Counsel of the American Hospital Association, where she handled transactional, litigation, and regulatory matters. She has prepared testimony for congressional hearings, represented clients before state and federal agencies, and drafted appellate briefs for submission to state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Tracey previously served as adjunct faculty at Loyola University School of Law and was a legal writing instructor at the University of Michigan Law School while a third-year law student. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. Tracey openly admits that she possesses no artistic talent, abilities, or inclinations whatsoever.
De Gray is a dedicated activist with deep experience in the arts, education, and human rights. A long time supporter of ART WORKS, she was previously co-chair of the Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee. She serves on the Education Committees for both the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hyde Park Art Center Board, and is also a board member for Restore Justice Illinois, where she reaches out to prisoners through visits with other supporters. The organization helps individuals who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles, and works to promote fair criminal justice policies and a balanced criminal justice system. De additionally supports the Abraham Path, a long-distance walking trail across the Middle East, which traces the journey of the patriarch Abraham to inspire understanding and prosperity in the region and around the world.
Julie Hubbard is the Senior Vice President – Finance at Easter Seals, Inc., which offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. Julie has a background in corporate finance and transitioned to the nonprofit sector in 2005 to fulfill her objective of making a positive change in the world. Julie served as the Treasurer to all of Oprah Winfrey’s philanthropic entities, and also served as the CFO for the Spencer Foundation, a private foundation that promotes educational improvement through fostering purposeful scholarly inquiry into matters of educational significance. Julie has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and completed her undergraduate work at Alma College. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Ashley Theriot McCall
Ashley McCall is a human rights advocate and philanthropist whose areas of interest include Human Trafficking, Refugees and Gender Based Violence. She is currently involved with Refugee One as a sponsor and mentor for Congolese refugee families, and is also on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Women and Global Development Steering Committee. She has consulted with UNHCR on Kenyan refugee camp fundraising initiatives and served on the Executive Council of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. Ashley has chaired development and strategy committees for The Founders’ Board of Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Family Institute at Northwestern University and The Ounce of Prevention Fund. Previously, she worked on Wall Street at UBS and Credit Suisse. She has an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) and a BA from Georgetown University.
Leslie Thomas is the founding Executive and Creative Director of ART WORKS Projects. She is also an architect, Emmy-award winning art director, and mom. Leslie is a founding principal with LARC Inc., a national architectural practice, and is a graduate of Columbia University and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She serves on the boards of Congo Kids Initiative and is on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Women and Global Development Steering Committee. Leslie’s work has toured globally and been the recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the MacArthur Foundation, the Humanity United Fund and the Graham Foundation. She is committed to the use of art and design for public good.
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