Paula Wolff, Chair
Wolff is a Senior Executive at the Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) where she
engages in criminal justice reform efforts to promote policies that will make communities
safer and reduce recidivism among youth and adults. The ILJP is a continuation of the Justice and
Violence Group at Metropolis Strategies where Chair Wolff served as a Senior
Executive. Chair Wolff also served as
President of Governors State University and was Director of Policy and Planning
for Governor James R. Thompson. In August 2009, Wolff was named Chairman of the
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. She also serves on numerous other boards
including the Joyce Foundation, the Ariel Investments Board, the Metropolitan
Planning Council, the Johnson Foundation, the Safer Foundation, the Chicago
Foundation for Women, the University of Chicago Medical Center (Chair 1996 –
2006) and the University of Chicago Board of Trustees.
Ellen Alberding, Vice Chair
Ellen Alberding is president and a board member of the Joyce Foundation. Alberding is a founder and board member of Advance Illinois, which advocates for public education reform in Illinois. She has also served as president and chairman of the investment committee for the Chicago Park District pension fund. Alberding is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, and serves on the advisory boards of several nonprofit organizations. Alberding received her Bachelor's in English from Brown University and a Masters of Management in finance and marketing from Northwestern University.
Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Secretary
R. Rogers, Sr. is one of the founding partners of the Cook County law
firm Power Rogers & Smith. A native South Sider, Rogers has
dedicated more than two decades of his career to representing the most
difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases. A leader in the
personal injury field, Rogers was elected president of both the Cook
County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association,
serving as the latter's first African American president. Rogers has
been honored with numerous awards, including the Richard E. Westbrook
Award for legal excellence from the Cook County Bar Association and the
Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association of
Clarisol Duque, Trustee
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’s spent the last ten years
as an aide to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, currently serving as Chicago Director
and Chief of Staff. Trustee Duque is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received
a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Rev. Darrell Griffin, Trustee
Rev. Darrell Griffin is the Senior Pastor of Oakdale Covenant Church,
serving in this capacity for nearly 14 years. He’s also the senior
partner of Urban Ministries Advantage, where he provides coaching and training
resources for pastors and church leaders. Trustee Griffin is a published
author and spiritual leader; he has spoken at churches, corporations and
educational organizations throughout the country. He has a
B.A. in marketing from Morehouse College, a Masters of Divinity from the
Harvard Divinity School and a Doctorate of Ministry from North Park Theological
Marisela Lawson, Trustee
Marisela Lawson is a partner and founder at Sagence Group. Lawson’s experience in management consulting is extensive. Before joining Sagence Group, Lawson served as Director of Business Intelligence for Forsythe Solutions Group working with different functions including sales, marketing, operations, and product groups, to increase sales. Lawson also served a Principal at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and a senior consultant at Accenture. Lawson earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.
Everett Rand, Trustee
Everett Rand is part-owner of Midway Airport Concessions, a Chicago-based management company that operates the food and beverage program at Midway Airport, including the Harry Carey’s restaurant in the Concessions Triangle and six popular Chicago restaurants at Midway Airport. Rand is also president and CEO of Midway Wholesale Beverage, Inc. Additionally Rand hosts the Chicago Football Classic to promote higher education and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Jacques Sarr, Student Trustee
Jacques Sarr currently attends
Truman College where he studies foreign language. In addition to his
studies at Truman, he is a Political Science and History major at DePaul University.
Jacques speaks seven languages, tutors French and is a member of various clubs
and organizations at Truman College. His hobby is to help students
whenever the opportunity presents itself and his ultimate educational goal is
to complete a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Northeastern University.