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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 also 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 is the Chicago Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin. As Chief of Staff,
Clarisol serves constituents in northeastern Illinois, which includes Chicago and the six collar-county region that totals more than 8 million people. She manages all aspects of Sen. Durbin’s Chicago office operation, including: reaching out to local units of government; communicating with community-based organizations; helping local businesses and cultural institutions; aiding advocacy groups; and partnering with elected officials at all levels of government to serve the needs of their community.

In 2001 Senator Durbin authored and first introduced the DREAM Act and has since reintroduced the bill in every session of Congress, working tirelessly for its passage. Clarisol has dedicated much of her career to supporting Senator Durbin’s efforts to pass the DREAM Act. She has worked on the DREAM Act since before it was introduced in Congress.

In addition to serving as a community advocate in her professional life, Clarisol is on the Board of Directors for the Big Shoulders Fund, the largest scholarship provider in Chicago. It partners with dedicated individuals, families, foundations and corporations to ensure that deserving children have access to a safe and an effective education. Since its inception, Big Shoulders has provided scholarships to deserving inner-city students. There are more than 60 types of scholarships, depending on need and available resources.

Clarisol is a member of the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees, where she serves as Secretary of the Board and the Chair of the Finance and Administrative Services Committee. The City Colleges of Chicago is one of the largest community college systems in the nation, serving more than 80,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites. In 2015 the City Colleges Board of Trustees and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the Star Scholarship which provides free tuition to Chicago Public School students who graduate high school with a B average or higher. The Star Scholarship is the only known community college scholarship that provides full scholarships to Dreamers.

She was recently featured as one of Chicago’s 19 Top Latina Leaders in Philanthropy and Government by Make It Better Magazine. Clarisol has received the Public Service Award from the Office of the Secretary of State Jesse White. She has also been featured in Negocios Now: Latinos 40 Under 40; the Mexican Civic Society of Illinois honored her with the “Dama Azteca Award”; and she was the recipient of the Erie Neighborhood House Next Generation Award.

A Chicago native, Clarisol was born and raised in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who were previously undocumented. She has run eight marathons including the 2018 Boston Marathon. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband Omar and two young children.           
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 H. Telman is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., a leading immunotherapy and non-opioid pain management company.  Ms. Telman is responsible for leading Sorrento’s legal, intellectual property, compliance, human resource and quality functions. Ms. Telman also serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Scilex Pharmaceuticals.

Before joining Sorrento, Ms. Telman served as a senior executive at several global public companies, including Abbott Laboratories where she was the Divisional Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the International Legal Operations responsible for all commercial legal activity around the globe. During her time at Abbott, Ms. Telman also led the successful spin and separation of AbbVie. Previously Ms. Telman was Vice President and General Counsel at Johnson Controls North America, Chief Counsel Mergers & Acquisitions for The Boeing Company and Partner at 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