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City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees

Walter E. Massey, Ph.D., Chair        
Walter Massey is former Chancellor and President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).  He is Chairman of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, responsible for guiding the construction of the world’s largest optical telescope. Massey began his career as a physicist at leading research universities, including the University of Illinois, Brown, and the University of Chicago, before his appointment as Director of Argonne National Laboratory and then as Director of the National Science Foundation under President George H.W. Bush. In 1995 Massey returned to Morehouse College, his alma mater, where he was President for over a decade. Massey is a former Director of the McDonald’s Corporation, and former Chairman of Bank of America. He has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution and has received honorary degrees from 41 universities, including Harvard, Yale, Northwestern, Columbia, and Brown.  ​    
Beth Swanson, Vice Chair          
Beth is Vice President of Strategy & Programs for The Joyce Foundation.  Beth helps guide an annual grant portfolio of $45 million, providing strategic direction to all programs and working on foundation-wide innovation initiatives.       

Beth also directs the Special Opportunities Fund and the Joint Fund for Education and Employment. The Special Opportunities Fund focuses on innovative initiatives that cut across program areas, and on forging partnerships with media organizations to amplify Joyce grant making. The Joint Fund for Education and Employment supports students from cradle to career, with a special focus on partnerships between high schools and postsecondary institutions to help students succeed in education, careers and life.        

Before joining Joyce, Beth served as Deputy for Education in the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, working collaboratively with education and community leaders to define the city’s education policy agenda from birth through college. She served as the Mayor’s point person in expanding early learning opportunities, achieving a full school day, br​inging quality school options to families and launching the city's Summer of Learning initiative.  Beth also worked closely with Chicago’s business community to ensure that City Colleges of Chicago, a network of seven community colleges, helped students learn skills relevant to the local job market.     

Beth had previously served as Executive Director of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, and worked for Chicago Public Schools with CEO Arne Duncan, serving as Director of the Office of Extended Learning Opportunities and then leading the District’s Office of Management and Budget.    

Beth is Board Chair for Thrive Chicago, a collective impact initiative working to align efforts by service providers, city agencies and funders to help children succeed from cradle to career. She was appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois P-20 Council, and serves on the boards of the Chicago Public Education Fund and One Million Degrees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies from Amherst College, and a master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Beth, her husband, and their three children live on Chicago’s North Side.    
Clarisol Duque, Secretary      
Clarisol Duque has a wealth of experience in public service and community relations.  She’s led grassroots campaigns for the United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago, a countywide campaign for Friends of Durbin and directed Latino media outreach for Obama for America.  She currently serves as the Chicago Director and Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin.  Trustee Duque is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences.      

Rebeca Nieves Huffman, Trustee    
Rebeca Nieves Huffman proudly serves as Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Chicago, where she served as a corps member from 1998-1999. During that time she led a team of corps members serving elementary school students as tutors, mentors and role models in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, the same community where she grew up.  
After being exposed to the crisis in public education as a City Year corps member, Huffman was also the first to attend and graduate college in her family. Together, these experiences drove Huffman to dedicate her life’s work to securing quality education opportunities for students in neighborhoods with limited resources.   
Throughout her career, Huffman has served in a variety of leadership roles in the K-12 education space, including recruiting passionate educators for the KIPP School Leadership Program, leading national advocacy efforts for Latino students as founding president and CEO of the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options, and instituting the first grant-making program as Vice President for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Institute’s Fellowship for Education leaders and Leadership Greater Chicago. ​​
Today, Huffman champions City Year Chicago’s 242 full-time AmeriCorps members as they serve 3rd-9th grade students in 28 high-need Chicago public neighborhood schools. She very happily resides on the south side of Chicago with her husband, Craig, and her school-aged children Sofia and Solomon.      
Karen Kent, Trustee            
Karen Kent is the current President of UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union. During her tenure with Local 1, Karen helped the union secure significant victories on behalf of working people in Chicago including negotiating the first training fund to assist hotel workers improve their skills, earn promotions, and supply Chicago hoteliers with the finest hospitality workers in America. In the last decade, Local 1 has organized thousands of new workers into the union and doubled wages for housekeepers and other hotel workers in Chicago’s hospitality industry.             
Toi Pearson, Student Trustee  
Toi Pearson is a student at Kennedy-King College. A Presidential Scholar and a former Senator for the Kennedy-King Campus' Student Government Association, Ms. Pearson actively advocates on behalf of the student body she serves inside and outside of the classroom. A native Chicagoan who believes in nurturing the community she is part of, Ms. Pearson volunteers at her home church, God's Living House of Prayer, assisting in coordinating annual clothing and food drives. Her volunteer work extends to her home campus where she was one of the first volunteers for Kennedy-King College's Unity Wednesdays and has been active in the initiative ever since. Her plans are to graduate from City Colleges pursuing her Bachelor's in Economics with a minor in Finance. She hopes to eventually pursue her Master's in Financial Economics and become a financial analyst.  
Deborah H. Telman, Trustee     
Deborah Telman is Vice President & General Counsel, Building Solutions North America & Global Retail, at Johnson Controls, where she leads global legal strategy, litigation, labor & employment, operations and finance functions for an international company with a presence in more than 150 countries. Earlier in her career, Telman led mergers and acquisitions for Abbott and The Boeing Company; as well as roles leading international negotiations for Abbott and as Partner at the international firm Winston & Strawn.     

In 2016, Telman received the Transformative Leadership Award by Inside Counsel and has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers by Savoy Magazine (2015).  She was a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and the recipient of the Alta May Hulett Award (Chicago Bar Association).     
In addition to her career as an attorney, Telman is currently involved in a number of civic organizations, including Bright Star Community Outreach TURN Center, a new community outreach center in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood that helps families, and young people in particular, deal with the trauma of violence in their community;  Harriet’s Daughters, a Chicago-founded non-profit focused on professional advancement and economic opportunity for African Americans and Chicago Humanities Festival.  Telman is a former board member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Chicago Bar Association Foundation.     

Deborah received her J.D. at Boston University and her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Telman lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood with her husband, Nigel, a Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP and twin sons, Nigel, II and Nicholas. 
Darrell A. Williams, Trustee    
Biographical information forthcoming