We're funding possibility to propel change.

There are more than half a million Chicagoans living in poverty. The time is now to harness our city’s tradition of entrepreneurship and determination to bring the energy and innovation required to reshape this reality. As investors, practitioners, and founders of innovative organizations and ventures, we understand the unique challenges social entrepreneurs face when they move past the start-up phase and look for the funding and support to scale their impact. Our experiences have shaped our approach, which is responsive, customized to the realities of our city, and promotes a long-term position on achieving  change.

Leadership


Board of Directors

Alex Ross, Chairman
Co-Founder
New Coast Foundation

William Bax
Former Managing Partner
PwC

Nick Cromydas
Co-Founder
New Coast Ventures & Hunt Club

Dan Gibbons
Principal
TUR Partners

William Heard
CEO / CIO
Heard Capital LLC

Jim Herbison
Partner
Winston & Strawn, LLP

Lynn Jerath
President and Founder
Citrine Investment Group

Dick Ross
Founder
Electrum Partners

Jeremy Schlee
Partner
PwC

Suzanne Yoon
Founder and Managing Partner
Kinzie Capital Partners


Advisory Council

Anne Sweeney
Co-Founder
New Coast Foundation

Paul Carttar
Senior Advisor, Bridgespan Group; 
Former Director, Social Innovation Fund

Linda Darragh
Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Northwestern University

Diane Doherty
Executive Director
Illinois Hunger Coalition

Stephanie Dolan
Associate Principal
Civic Consulting Alliance

Lynsey Farrell, PhD
Change Leader
Ashoka Foundation

Mary Kay Haben
Former President and Managing Director of North America
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Josh Hale
President & CEO
Big Shoulders Fund

 

 

Micere Keels
Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development
University of Chicago

Priya Kumthekar, MD
Assistant Professor Neuro-Oncology
Northwestern University, Chicago 

Nivine Megahed, PhD
President
National Louis University

Jackie Ross
Equal Justice Works Fellow and Attorney
Equip for Equality  

Michael Sabbia
Director
Nestle Skin Health

Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH
Associate Director, Department of Disability and Human Development
UIC 

Anthony Suarez-Abraham
Professor, Dominican University;
Former Director at Office for Peace and Justice