Paula Wolff, Chair
Paula Wolff is a Senior Executive at Metropolis
Strategies, a business and civic organization implementing policy
initiatives and programs for regional action on issues including land
use, transportation, childhood development and education. Prior to her
work at Metropolis Strategies, Wolff served as President of Governors
State University. Previously, Wolff served as 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 currently serves as a Trustee on the City Colleges of Chicago Board. He 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.