Our mission is

to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning.

We build on the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities.

Our Participants:

  • Hispanic/Latino: 53%
  • Black/African American: 38%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White & Other: 6%


83% of UI participants come from families who qualify as low income


Urban Initiatives works in 57 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city.

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Executive & Management Team

  • Jim Dower, Co-Founder & Executive Director, President

    Jim graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Political Science. He started his professional career as a substitute teacher at Cabrini-Green’s Byrd Academy, where the inspiration for Urban Initiatives began. Jim serves on the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness and is a member of Leadership Greater Chicago’s 2014 class. He is in his eleventh year as a professional soccer coach for the Wilmette Wings Soccer Club. Jim oversees the day-to-day external operations of Urban Initiatives.

  • Julie Chelovich, Managing Director, Vice President

    Julie graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science and has a Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She played many sports growing up and has always had an interest in youth development and health education. Previously Julie worked at Black River Farm and Ranch where she served as the Program Director. After volunteering at Urban Initiatives as an Assistant Coach, she knew she had found a great organization for which to put her professional skills to work. Julie oversees day-to-day internal operations of Urban Initiatives.

  • Joy Nelson, Chief People Officer

    A Chicago native, Joy graduated from UIC with a Master’s in Education, focusing on Youth Development. After working as a Program Manager at Urban Initiatives for 2 years, she was promoted into the role of Play with Potential Program Director, overseeing recess at 24 local schools. In 2017, she took an opportunity to work with the National YMCA and spent a year and half traveling the Midwest and West Coast, supporting out of school time programming in underserved communities. She returned to Urban Initiatives in 2019 as the Culture and Climate Director and oversaw the day to day operations of our Play with Potential and Community School’s Initiative programs. She will begin her doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul in the fall of 2019. Joy is fun-loving supermom with a knack for connecting to people, children, and all things under the sun.

  • April Lillstrom, Program Partnerships Director

    April received a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois and a M.Ed. from UIC, where she specialized in elementary education. April worked with AmeriCorps at educational non-profit groups including First Place School in Seattle and Jumpstart for Young Children in Chicago. Now, she catalyzes program partnerships to help Urban Initiatives leverage the best allies in the field to benefit the kids in our programs.

  • Dajuan King, Program Director

    Dajuan was born and raised on Chicago’s West Side. He is an Alum of Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy, and received his B.A in Social Work from Wartburg College in Iowa. For the past 6 years, Dajuan has dedicated his time to working with Chicago’s under served and under privileged youth. He is excited about having the opportunity to give back to his community and positively influence youth who may be experiencing the same dilemmas he experienced while growing up.

  • Lauren Gaynor, Director of Institutional Partnerships

    Lauren graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in English and Professional Writing with a concentration in Communities and Cultures. Prior to Urban Initiatives, Lauren was a Development Associate for the DuSable Museum of African American History. At UI, Lauren oversees the management of institutional partnerships and outside of work, Lauren spends most of her time training for the Chicago Marathon and other upcoming races.

  • Linda Galib, Research & Evaluation Director

    Originally from Rhode Island, Linda holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Ithaca College, and an M.P.P and M.P.H. with a focus in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan. Prior to UI, she conducted federal health program and policy evaluation, volunteered for a child and family services agency in Chicago, and interned in Quito, Ecuador, where she worked to empower youth using PhotoVoice. Her love of sport AND data stem from her childhood, as she played soccer through high school and softball into college, and grew up eagerly programming her grandfather’s computer in Basic (for example, to make the screen color change)! Linda manages program evaluation for Urban Initiatives.

  • Sara Shanley, Director of Innovative Partnerships

    Sara is from Arlington, Virginia and earned a M.A. in International Studies with a focus in African Studies and sports-based youth development. Following her graduate studies, Sara joined the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club where she directed the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s sports-based childhood obesity prevention program. Prior to joining Urban Initiatives, Sara spent a year in Rwanda as the Program Manager for Kids Play International where she managed their sports-based gender equality education program. Sara spearheads program development for WTP, TTL and CFS.

  • Samantha Suh, Special Projects Manager

    Sammy earned her B.A in Elementary Education at the University of Michigan and taught 2nd grade at a CPS school on the northwest side of Chicago. She wanted to continue growing her passion for education and youth in Chicago so she joined the Urban Initiatives team as a Special Projects Manager. In her free time, Sammy frequents many cafes throughout Chicago and believes coffee is an essential part of any day.

  • Jasmine Lardizabal, Development Manager – Corporate Partnerships

    As a military kid, Jasmine moved around often which is why she considers several places her home—Japan, Philippines, Mississippi, Guam, Illinois, but most importantly her family. She is a recent graduate of DePaul University, earning a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in human development and a Magna Cum Laude honors. Though she had tutored kids for several years in the past, her passion for supporting youth’s mental and socio-emotional health grew stronger throughout her college experience interning for three years at The Cities Project. She also developed her fundraising and philanthropy skills through her membership in Phi Mu. She is absolutely thrilled to be a new addition to the Urban Initiatives team, and will strive to achieve new heights through building positive, impactful relationships as Development Manager of Corporate Partnerships!

  • MaryGrace Pankratz, Development Manager

    MaryGrace was born and raised in Madison, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Political Science and International Studies with a focus in international relations and global security. After graduating, MaryGrace worked for non-profits in the Madison area with strong dedication to education and community building. As Development Manager, MaryGrace works to support fundraising and engagement efforts at Urban Initiatives.

  • Rebecca Daaleman, Program Manager – Culture & Climate

    Rebecca grew up in New Jersey and graduated from University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to her time at Urban Initiatives, she served as an AmeriCorps Member and a Team Leader at City Year Chicago.

  • KyJuan Hardin, Program Manager – Culture & Climate

    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, KyJuan attended Kenwood Academy from 2010- 2013 and immediately begin working with youth sports programs after graduating. He believes that sports play an essential role in both physical and emotional development and knows sports has been a personal safe haven in his own life. He started with Urban Initiatives in 2016 and has continued his growth and development taking on multiple roles for the past four years. He is now excited for his new role as a leader for the Culture and Climate team.

  • Michelle Ramos, Program Manager – Culture & Climate

    Michelle is originally from the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southside of Chicago and studied Therapeutic Recreation at Southern Illinois University. She has worked with several youth programs over the past 10 years. She’s played rugby for the past five years and currently plays with the Will County Morrigans. Michelle started working with Urban Initiatives as a Facilitator and Assistant Coach.

  • Chanelle McFarland, Program Manager – Continuum

    Chanelle has a B.A. in Sports Administration from Southern Illinois University. Next to her love for coaching basketball, she has always had a passion for working with children and being a positive role model. Going into her 4th school year with UI, she loves being apart of the school community and all the opportunities they provide for students.

  • Dani Berny, Program Manager – Continuum

    Dani graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in May of 2016 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, and she has worked in places such as nursing homes, mental health hospitals, summer camps and schools.  She currently serves in the Illinois National Guard as an Aviation Operations Specialist working with Blackhawk helicoptors.  Her passion for working with students is second only to her desire to pet every dog she sees on the street!

  • Arianna Bell, Program Manager – Continuum

    Arianna earned a B.S in Community Leadership & Civic Engagement from the Northern Illinois University. She attended Howe Elementary one of the many CPS schools we serve throughout the Chicagoland area. She owes many of her successes to her ability to access extracurricular activities at a young age.

School-Based Program Coordinators

  • Chris Espino, SBPC at Jahn

    Chris is passionate about sports and youth development and sees Urban Initiatives as an opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in. He enjoys grilling, watching sporting events, and rooting for all Chicago teams.

  • Ebony Stallworth, SBPC at Shields

    Ebony has a bachelors in Exercise Science from North Central College in Naperville, IL where she accomplished being a 4x All-American in shot put and a 6x national qualifier in throws. She recently finished her first masters’ program in Educational Leadership and is working on completing her second masters’ in Sports Administration. Both her masters degrees are from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL. She’s an SBPC which requires an abundant amount of energy and she prides herself on brings lots of enthusiasm to the program. She strives for continual growth in her everyday life as well as networking with individuals that can build her knowledge on the road to success.

  • Daniel Lagunas, SBPC at Prieto

    Daniel was born in Chicago, Illinois then he moved to Arlington, Texas when he was 8. He graduated from Timberview Mansfield High School in 2011 and moved back to Chicago in 2014. Daniel worked a variety of jobs post-high school, including stints as a pool cleaner, and work in the warehouse, restaurant, factory, cleaning, medical and office industries. Daniel loves the work he does at UI where he gets to interact every day with kids and games, but he also has aspirations of becoming a professional computer geek someday. One day that aspiration will be realized! Until then he will continue to grow as a person and coach at the best sports-based youth development organization in the city and, not arguably, the world.

  • Brandy McMahan, SBPC at Lawndale

    Coach Brandy is a School-Based Program Coordinator at Lawndale where previously she was an Onsite Program Director.

  • Victor Ramirez, SBPC at Davis and Gunsaulus

    Victor was born in Chicago and grew up in Cicero. He would have loved to have had recess growing up and someone to be a role model during recess. Having always been drawn to art, he studied illustration at the American Academy of Art and received a Bachelors of Fine Art. He paints, draws, and sculpts and plans to be creating art lifelong.  He was never the star athlete, but he has always played sports and understands the power of play. His goal is to show kids that the new skills they acquire playing different games and sports will transcend the playground and help them in their path to adulthood. Victor has been married for close to five years, and his wife has been his unconditional support. He believes that having a family or at the very least a caring adult to support us in our lives can and will make all the difference in the lives of the kids we serve.

Program Coordinators & Associates

  • Will Ensign-Church, Program Coordinator

    Will graduated from Knox College in 2018. He has learned and grown as a soccer-playing individual/teammate since he was about 6 years old. Will hopes to make meaningful connections with students and to impart some of the knowledge he picked up playing, watching, and coaching soccer.

  • Moises Saucedo, Program Coordinator

    Moises is a family-oriented individual with a passion for helping youth and communities grow. He attended Benito Juarez high school while growing up around the southwest parts of Chicago. Moises is currently working on attending Richard D. Community College and is excited to be working for Urban Initiatives as a Program Associate!

  • Daniel Serna Geitz, Program Coordinator

    Daniel played soccer and water polo while studying Sociology at Carnegie Mellon University. After college he worked in Family and Community Engagement for Denver Public Schools, where his passion for school support and community outreach flourished. He is excited to bring his interests together to serve Chicago students and families!

  • Jackson Boleky, Program Coordinator

    Born and raised in the North Side Suburbs, Jackson graduated from Loyola Academy before getting a BA in Economics and International Nonprofit Management/Development from Tulane University. After working in New Orleans with multiple nonprofit organizations, He moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He learned spanish, studied public health/politics, and worked with Argentinian youth while there. Upon relocating back to Chicago he worked in tech and for Catholic Charities. As a hockey player and a sailor Jackson loves physical activity and being outdoors. He is very happy to be back working in youth development with Urban Initiatives in his role as Program Coordinator.

  • Mia Jackson, Program Coordinator

    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Miyah spent her first two years at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga and later returned home to complete her B.A. in Sociology at Roosevelt University. There she was able to continue developing a strong passion for art, social justice, educational reform and activism. Being a first generation graduate only fueled Miyah’s passion to become more involved in her community.  She understands how important it is to bridge fun, equitable and quality opportunities for marginalized youth, and is a strong believer in community pride and support. More so, Miyah believes the biggest opportunity as leaders is the need to work on giving one another, especially our youth, spaces to develop personal autonomies in a safe and non- judgmental environment. 

Culture + Climate Staff

  • Lakita Chandler, Recess Coordinator at Brighton Park

    Hi, my name is Lakita Chandler. I am a mom of 3 intelligent, beautiful young ladies. My passion and joy for working with youth goes back to my childhood when I was always the teacher or mom. I’ve been a volunteer and cheer coach with CPS for 6 years. I am so excited to be apart of the UI team and continue to fulfill my passion of empowering our youth.

  • Bernie Hanson, Recess Coordinator at Ravenswood

    Bernie is the Recess Coordinator at Ravenswood.

  • Ruth Guerra, Resource Coordinator at King

    Ruth was born and raised in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and attended CPS growing up. She is experienced with alternative educational engagement through arts programming and has her BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences. Ruth grew up playing every kind of sport imaginable at recess and is excited to build relationships with her school community.

  • Amere Washington, Recess Coordinator at Tarkington

    Amere is the Recess Coordinator at Tarkington.

  • Tiffany Washington, Resource Coordinator at Spencer

    Tiffany Washington is an experienced people leader who’s passionate about growth and development. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois @ Champaign, and spent the last decade of her career building and leading high performance teams at Kaplan University. Tiffany is from the Austin neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago and is proud to be contributing to the community through her work as a Resource Coordinator at Spencer Elementary. 

  • Reggie Scruggs, Resource Coordinator at Doolittle

    Reggie graduated from Columbia College Chicago with degrees in Sports Magazine Journalism and Marketing. Following college he followed his love for youth development by serving two years with AmeriCorps with a focus in education and community outreach. Reggie brings experience teaching and facilitating youth programming in public and non-traditional settings. He is excited to share his love of sports, yoga and mental wellness as a Program Coordinator for the Continuum team.

  • Catrina Reynolds, Resource Coordinator at Barnard

    Catrina is the Resource Coordinator for the Community Schools Initiative program at Barnard.

  • Javon Wright, Recess Coordinator at Daley

    Javon is the Recess Coordinator at Daley Elementary.

Available Jobs

Community School’s Initiative Resource Coordinator

The Resource Coordinator (RC) is responsible for managing and expanding out of school time (OST) programming for Community School’s Initiative (CSI) by recruiting student participants, coordinating developmentally appropriate activities, engaging family and community members in programming opportunities, and overseeing staff members at one partner school. The RC is also responsible for maintaining accurate financial and attendance records, working with community members and organizations to offer programs and services that meet the needs of students and their families, and marketing the program for growth and sustainability. The RC manages relationships with school administrators and staff, as well as recruits and sustains relationships with community vendors through the support of their program manager and the 21st Century Learning Grant.

  • Urban Initiatives & Community School’s Initiative Overview

    Urban Initiatives is dedicated to intentionally fostering a climate of purposeful inclusion in our workplace, and candidates of diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply. Urban Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This is in accordance with federal and state law. Founded in 2003, Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit organization that runs youth development programs in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. We amplify the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities. Urban Initiatives takes a collaborative, whole-child approach to development in order to provide children with ongoing opportunities to reach their full potential. Currently, Urban Initiatives serves thousands of students throughout the City of Chicago. Community Schools Initiative (CSI) is a federally funded program that utilizes a year-round approach to impact youth, families, and the broader community with comprehensive support in the out-of-school time (OST) space.

  • Responsibilities

    -Oversee the day-to-day operation of OST coordination at a CPS school. This includes: Planning and making recommendations for the implementation of high quality program activities that meet the mission and vision of program, align to the schools goals, and provide diverse learning opportunities; Meet program requirements in partnership with CSI and 21st century grant requirements; maintain accurate record-keeping and monitoring of policies and procedures.

    -Staffing and Training: Supervise and participate in the recruitment of out-of-school-time (OST) program staff; Negotiate vendor and independent contractor agreements on behalf of the program with agencies and individuals who provide services

    -Budget Management: Tracking and maintenance of expenditures within the budget.

    -Provide direct service to youth and/or parent participants.

    -Stakeholder Engagement: Organize and manage an Advisory Committee that is responsible for general oversight of the out-of-school-time program; Seek input from administration, teachers, school staff, LSC members, parents, and students to determine ongoing needs of community.

    -Evaluation: Assure that site-based reporting and evaluation components are completed and delivered.

    -Attend the following Annual UI Fundraising Events: Soccer Ball and Work to Play Cup

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    ● Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    ● Committed to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
    ● Ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders including other staff members, youth, coaches, families, partner organizations and funders through a variety of different mediums.
    ● At least two years experience working in the youth development field (experience in a supervisor role preferred)
    ● Superior communication skills, both spoken and written
    ● Strong budget management knowledge
    ● Strong presentation and group facilitation skills (demonstrated experience preferred)
    ● Quick learner and problem solver, experienced in managing conflicts
    ● Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
    ● Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment
    ● Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high quality of work
    ● Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods
    ● Willingness to travel locally as needed
    ● Fingerprint Background Check (required in-house)
    ● CPR certification (training provided)
    ● Negative TB test (required)

  • Compensation Package

    ● Base salary of $35,000
    ● Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
    ● Life, short term disability, and long term disability insurance paid 100% by Urban Initiatives
    ● Option to contribute to a 401K with up to a 3% match of your salary after one full year of employment
    ● 120 hours (15 days) paid time off per year (PTO may be prorated based on start date)
    ● Paid holidays (Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day)
    ● Comp time for salaried employees

How to Apply: Link to apply is HERE.

Where We Work


  • Barnard 10354 S Charles St

  • Barry 2828 N Kilbourn Ave

  • Bateman 4220 N Richmond St

  • Beethoven 25 W 47th St

  • Beidler 3151 W Walnut St

  • Brighton Park 3825 Washtenaw Ave
  • Christopher House 5235 W Belden Ave

  • Claremont 2300 W 64th St

  • Daley 5024 S Wolcott Ave

  • Davis 3014 W 39th Pl

  • Doolittle 535 E 35th St.

  • Faraday 3250 W Monroe St

  • Goethe 2236 N Rockwell St

  • Goudy 5120 N Winthrop Ave

  • Greene 3525 S Honore Ave

  • Gunsaulus 4420 S Sacramento Ave

  • Henry 4250 St Louis Ave

  • Howe 720 N Lorel Ave

  • Jackson 917 W 88th St

  • Jahn 3149 N Wolcott Ave

  • Jordan 7414 N Wolcott Ave

  • King 644 W 71st St

  • Kozminski 936 E 54th St

  • Lawndale 3500 W Douglas Blvd

  • Lee 6448 S Tripp Ave

  • Libby 5300 S Loomis Blvd

  • Little Village 2620 S Lawndale Ave

  • Lloyd 2103 N Lamon Ave

  • Marquette 6550 S Richmond St

  • McNair 4820 W Walton St

  • Morton 431 N Troy St

  • Neil 8555 Michigan Ave
  • Nixon 2121 N Keeler Ave

  • Nobel 4127 W Hirsch St

  • North River 4416 N Troy St

  • National Teachers Academy 55 W Cermak Rd

  • Northwest Middle 5252 W Palmer St

  • Orozco 1940 W 18th St
  • Otis 525 N Armour St

  • Passages 1643 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
  • Pasteur 5825 S Kostner Ave

  • Piccolo 1040 N Keeler Ave

  • Powell 7511 S South Shore Dr

  • Prieto 2231 North Central Ave

  • Providence Englewood Charter 6515 S Ashland Ave

  • Ravenswood 4332 N Paulina St

  • Reavis 834 E 50th St

  • Sandoval 5534 S Saint Louis Ave

  • Schubert 2727 N Long Ave
  • Shields 2611 W. 48th St

  • Spencer 214 N Lavergne
  • Stevenson 8010 S Kostner Ave

  • Stone 6239 N Leavitt St
  • Tarkington 3330 W 71st St

  • Walsh 2015 S Peoria Street

  • Ward 2701 S Shields Ave

Communities Served

  • Albany Park

  • Armour Square

  • Ashburn

  • Auburn-Gresham

  • Austin

  • Avondale

  • Belmont Cragin

  • Brighton Park

  • Chicago Lawn

  • Dunning

  • East Garfield Park

  • Englewood

  • Gage Park

  • Grand Boulevard

  • Hermosa

  • Humboldt Park

  • Hyde Park

  • Irving Park

  • Kenwood

  • Lakeview

  • Logan Square

  • Lower West Side

  • McKinley Park

  • Near North Side

  • Near South Side

  • New City

  • North Center

  • North Lawndale

  • North Park

  • Rogers Park

  • Roseland

  • South Lawndale

  • South Shore

  • Uptown

  • West Elsdon

  • West Englewood

  • West Lawn

  • West Town


Board of Directors

    • Neil Hirshman, Board Chair, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    • Sarah Naim, Board Vice-Chair, Grainger


  • Solomon Barnett
  • Shawn Broadfield
  • Pete Cherecwich, Northern Trust
  • Patrick Croke, Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres
  • T.J. Dammrich, Mercer Oak LLC
  • Jim Dower, Urban Initiatives
  • Patrick Gallagher, Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Alaina Harkness, Current Innovation
  • Adolfo Hernandez, Pritzker Community Health
  • Ralf Hilpuesch, Storck USA
  • Adam Hitchcock, Sovereign Infrastructure Group
  • Michael Landers
  • David Mahoney, CBRE
  • Brian McBride, US Men’s National Team
  • Edwin McDonald, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Dave McGranahan, Relative Value Partners
  • Michael McGrew, Constellation Brands
  • Jason Pritzker, The Pritzker Organization, LLC
  • Ari Randolph, Nike
  • Dawn Reese, Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education
  • Katy Reichert, Civic Leader
  • Karen Schweickart, CGC Law LLC
  • Stacy Stutz, Independent Consultant
  • Joe Taets, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Partners Board

  • Dario Bolanos, Northwestern Mutual
  • Annika Clutch, Storck USA
  • Molly Costich, J.P. Morgan
  • Annie Couyoumjian, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Richard Douglas, Themis Bar Review
  • Mike Galibois, Reed Smith
  • David Grass, Wilson Dow Group
  • Patty Hester, National Student Leadership Conference
  • Jaime Hitch, Quaker/Pepsico
  • Iman Jalali, Bear Peak Capital
  • Enrique I. Juarez, Grainger
  • Lee Lampley, Northern Trust
  • DeJuan Lever, Luxe Business Partners
  • Kathleen Strand, McDonalds
  • Jonathan Taylor, XR Trading

Associate Board

The Urban Initiatives Associate Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to volunteering, raising awareness and funds to support Urban Initiatives.

  • Coety Wyse, Competence Group, President
  • Harrison Freund, Avant, Vice-President
  • Libby Rice, Innosight, Vice-President
  • Young Kwak, Citadel, President Emeritus
  • Ashley Dobbins, Spark Foundry, Vice President Emeritus
  • Greg Friend, Ampersand, Vice President Emeritus


  • Orlando Aguirre, CBRE
  • Benjamin Andrews, Heartland Alliance
  • Heidi Annaheim, PNC Capital Markets
  • Nicole Antonuccio, Onion, Inc.
  • Nathan Asher, Health Strategy
  • Munzer Awad, Accenture
  • Andrew Bartush, Honeywell UOP
  • Michelle Baumann, VMLY&R COMMERCE
  • Ben Bayles, Allstate Investments
  • Kim Bird, Fit City Kids
  • Paola Blanca, fluent360
  • Doug A. Bowen, MBA Candidate
  • Jack Buehler, Kinesso
  • Nicholette Cameron, Masters Candidate
  • Andrias Campbell, Fidelity Investments
  • Will Campbell, Huron Consulting
  • Shreya Canakapalli, DiMeo, Schneider & Associates
  • Jeff Cassidy, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Nick Cauley, WestPoint Financial Group
  • Justin Cho, CIVC Partners
  • Benjamin Cohen, Lee & Associates of Illinois
  • Andrew Cole, Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Chris Dayal, Citadel
  • Keegan De Silva, Great Point Capital
  • Michelle Dear, Wind Point Partners
  • Logan Deeney, Northwestern University
  • Brandon Deger, The Pritzker Organization
  • Shay Deverell, Citadel Securities
  • Caroline DeWeirdt, Mindshare
  • Ashley Dobbins, Spark Foundry
  • Brian Dobmeier, DoorDash
  • Joshua Dunn, Arcadis
  • Thomas Durr
  • Kevin Eisele, William Blair
  • Chris Ellison, Jump Trading
  • Jamie Ende, JD Candidate
  • Holton Faust, Northwest Community Healthcare
  • Brian Flanagan, KPMG
  • Rachel Flanagan, Accenture
  • Dillon Flynn, JBS Energy Solutions
  • Larry Fogel, Sidley Austin
  • Nick Franz, Loyola University Chicago
  • Harrison Freund, Avant
  • Greg Friend, Ampersand
  • Elise Goodman (O’Connor), MB Real Estate
  • Catie Gordon (Wilber), Spark Foundry
  • Alex Gorniak, McDonald’s
  • Jeremy Guterl, Ketchum
  • Austin Haas, Sprout Social
  • Brian Hail, Mintel 
  • Kyle Hannon, Acrisure
  • Wilfrido Hernandez, William Blair
  • Sam Hong, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Patrick Hopkins, Peak6
  • Liz Hoppe, Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Lauren Horn, All Stars Project of Chicago
  • Angelica Jalasco, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Mark Jaskolski, Glassdoor
  • Patrick Jones, Robert W. Baird & Co
  • Ashley Jordan, re:work training
  • Brett Joseph, JD Candidate
  • Ben Joslin, Northwestern University
  • Jonathan Kauzlaric, Guaranteed Rate
  • Conor Kelch, EY
  • Andre Kohn, Physician Growth Partners
  • Joe Kryza, GCM Grosvenor
  • Young Kwak, Citadel
  • Chris Laackman, NCSolutions
  • Lauren LaVan, Amount
  • Bill Lawrence, JD Candidate
  • Carly Levick, Amount
  • Patrick Mahal, Antares Capital
  • Joe Mark, Havas Media Group
  • Rick Marquardt, PepsiCo
  • Ivette Marquez, DiMeo Schneider & Associates
  • Elise Marrinan, Qualtrics
  • Kathy Matos, William Blair
  • Matt Matosian, MBA Candidate
  • Brian Mattoni, Priority Sports & Entertainment
  • Stephen McCormick, William Blair
  • Joe McLean, Mutual of Omaha Mortgage
  • Brandon Medina, Wind Point Partners
  • Jordan Metter, Comunidade FIT
  • John Moten, Tegus
  • Preston Murphy 
  • Hannah Nichols, Fidus Investment Advisors
  • Susan Nichols, Guggenheim Technology Investment Banking
  • Erica Nied, Stryker
  • Mike Perconte, TrustPlace Technologies
  • Manny Peredo-Muniz, Accenture
  • Kellan Pierucci, TD Ameritrade
  • Christen Baillie Plotkin, UBS
  • Rhian Pritchard, RSM US LLP
  • Clara Purk, MBA Candidate
  • Brian Quirke, Davis & Hosfield Consulting LLC
  • Michael Quirke, Accenture
  • Patrick Quirke, Magnetar Capital
  • Jose Ramos, Community Investment Corporation
  • John Reglin, US Soccer
  • Will Reichert
  • Liz Reichter, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Steven Resnik, the Edgewater Funds
  • Libby Rice, Mondo
  • A.J. Riddell, Compast Group
  • Chris Ritter, Crafty
  • Erica Romero, MBA Candidate
  • Colleen Rooney, creative werks
  • Cliff Sakutukwa, CPA, EY
  • Catherine Sangster, National Student Leadership Conference
  • Shereen Sater, Conversant
  • Lars Skattum, William Blair
  • Derek Skoog, PwC
  • Sarah Skoog (Lewis), Home Chef
  • Kyle Smith, SC Johnson
  • Annaka Stoeckel, Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Phil Terrazzino, TKK
  • Taylor Thorndyke, Grainger
  • Isaac Torres-Villa, Northwestern Mutual
  • May Tysinger, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Hannah Tzeghai, PepsiCo
  • Melissa Valentino, Affili8 Media
  • Emily VanGilder, ActiveCampaign
  • Tyler VanGilder, PPM America
  • Phillip Wadle, Health & Human Services at Office of the Mayor of New York City
  • Ryan Wall, EM Search Consulting
  • Kate Walsh, Consultant
  • Christopher Wang, Grainger
  • Stanley Washington, Deloitte
  • Nicole Willens, Northwestern Medicine
  • Lauren Wolf, Enova International
  • Coety Wyse, the Competence Group
  • Stacy Zabrin, Moriah Early Childhood Center
  • Katie Zara, Kraft Heinz
  • Austin Zimmerman, Avison Young

Student Board

  • Kate Abdo, Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • Luke Anderson, Hinsdale Central
  • Adriana Brist, Whitney Young Magnet High School
  • Bruna Cambron, Lake View High School
  • Athan Chiampas, Loyola Academy
  • Katia Chiampas, Loyola Academy
  • Jimmy Dadura, New Trier High School
  • Landon Douthit, New Trier High School
  • Rylin Douthit, New Trier High School
  • Reighne Dyson, Whitney Young Magnet High School
  • Teagan Frye, New Trier High School
  • Augie Gallun, North Shore Country Day School
  • Teddy Gallun, North Shore Country Day School
  • Sophie Gerstman, New Trier High School
  • Lindsey Glew, North Shore Country Day School
  • Thor Graham, Latin School of Chicago
  • Benni Green, New Trier High School
  • Joshua Green, New Trier High School
  • Joe Hielscher, New Trier High School
  • Peyton Hudson, North Shore Country Day School
  • Drew Klearman, Evanston Township High School
  • Lily Landrum, Uplift High School
  • Libby McGranahan, New Trier High School
  • Makayla Meers, New Trier High School
  • Max Meers, New Trier High School
  • Jamila Moore, Chicago Vocational Career Academy High School
  • Sandra O’Malley, Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • James Paden, New Trier High School
  • Lauryn Redd, Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • Anna Ristic, North Shore Country Day School
  • Nina Sharda, Lincoln Park High School
  • Owen Shean, New Trier High School
  • John Sprenger, North Shore Country Day School
  • Will Terry, New Trier High School
  • Lauren Tiemann, Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • Charlie Turner, Lane Tech
  • Graham Weiler, New Trier High School
  • Grace Wolfe, New Trier High School
  • Teddy Woodman, New Trier High School

Advisory Board

  • Jen Axelrod, Chicago Community Trust
  • Megan Bartlett, WeCoach
  • Eddie Bustamante, UIC
  • Felicia Davis, Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Connie Falcone, Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • ME Girgenti, Philanthropist
  • Alicia Gonzalez, Cubs Charities
  • Christian Gordon, Depaul University
  • Kate McAdams, Arabella Advisors
  • Nelson Padilla, Youth Development Worker
  • London Rakestraw, SCR Transportation
  • Nancy Sullivan, Illinois Ventures
  • Cedric Thurman, Federal Home Loan Bank
  • Jasmine Thurmond, King Academy of Social Justice
  • Lisa Wiersma, IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation


Sustaining Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Baskin Family Foundation
  • Belvedere
  • Cubs Care, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • IMC
  • J.R. Albert Foundation
  • The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Lettuce Entertain You
  • Michael Lewis Company
  • Nike
  • Optiver
  • Orbitz
  • Orlebeke Foundation
  • Polk Foundation
  • Prince Charitable Trusts
  • Quest Foundation
  • Revel
  • Sodexo
  • Sprout Social
  • Storck USA, L.P.
  • Target Corporation
  • Union Pacific
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Champion Partners

Attorney’s Title Guaranty
Bessemer Family Trust
Solomon Barnett & Camila Salvisberg
Belvedere Trading
Sue & Jim Blomberg
BMO Harris Bank
Andy Campbell & Susan Rancourt
Cherecwich Family
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation
Gallagher Family
Hirshman Family
Jalmar Foundation
McGranahan Family
Cece & Tom Ricketts
Storck USA, L.P.
Winslow Family


Soccer Ball Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Allstate
  • Storck

All-Star Sponsors

  • Ampersand
  • Barnett, Hill & Twells Families
  • Belvedere
  • Boeing
  • CBRE + Rachel & Dave Mahoney
  • Clayco
  • Gallagher
  • Global Water Technology
  • Kirkland & Ellis Foundation + The Hirshman Family
  • IMC
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • National Student Leadership Conference + Themis Bar Review
  • Northern Trust
  • Optiver
  • Revel
  • Sprocket Sports
  • Tully Family
  • Uber

Paddle Raise Sponsor

  • William Blair

Goal Sponsors

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital
  • Ariel Investments
  • Nicole & Dave Berger
  • Blue Star Properties
  • Susan & Shawn Broadfield
  • Chicago Cubs Charities
  • Constellation Brands
  • Core Mechanical Inc. 
  • Courtesy Electric
  • Carolyn & TJ Dammrich
  • DFS Company
  • Ellen & Richard Douglas
  • Dower Family
  • Exelon
  • EY
  • Fox & Dammrich Families
  • Girgenti Family
  • Joe Kelly
  • Sara & Kip Kirkpatrick
  • Jackson National Life Insurance
  • JOS Services
  • Mawi Learning
  • Nitel
  • PPM America
  • The Pritzker Organization
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon
  • Stacy & Rob Stutz
  • Wozencraft Family

Trophy Sponsors

  • Edward A. Anderson Company/Paul L. Armstrong
  • Bear Construction
  • Buehler Family
  • Carlin Group
  • Chicago Fire Protection
  • Eugenie, Ashley & Sam Hong
  • Paine Family Foundation Corporation
  • Quaker, a division of PepsiCo
  • Karen Schweickart
  • Will & Jennifer Tippet

In-Kind Sponsors

  • Beam Suntory
  • Constellation Brands
  • Hart Davis Hart
  • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Limelight
  • Optimus
  • The Revel Group
  • Sorry Studio
  • Sound Investment
  • Storck
  • Weird Life Films

Work to Play Cup Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

  • Target

Team Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Armour Family
  • Avant
  • Blitz Capital Group
  • Coffman Family 
  • Matt Colman, Sam Hong & Dan Lewis
  • Brian Crabb and Christine Cucinotta
  • Crimmins Family
  • Daley Financial Partners
  • Fortier Family
  • Friedli Family
  • Gallagher
  • GATX
  • Girgenti Family
  • Glew Family
  • Grainger
  • Hatch con Arepas
  • Hilpuesch Family
  • Hirshman Family
  • Hudson Family
  • IMC
  • Jackson 
  • Steve and Julie Kaiser
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Sheila and Mike McGrew 
  • Mulaney-Gryzenia Family 
  • National Student Leadership Conference
  • Northern Trust
  • PPM America
  • Karen Schweickart
  • Storck, USA
  • Themis Bar Review
  • Tilson Family
  • The Urban Initiatives Partners Board
  • William Blair
  • Woodman Cison & Associates
  • Denise & Bill Wozencraft
  • 2018 Thanks-for-Giving Paddle Tournament

In Kind Sponsors

  • Aramark
  • Chicago Park District
  • Flood Brothers
  • Split 

Corporate Challenge Cup Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Team Sponsors

  • Accenture
  • Allstate
  • Bain
  • BDT & Company
  • BDT
  • Belvedere
  • Blitz Capital
  • Chicago Reach
  • Citadel Securities
  • Gallagher
  • GATX
  • Glassdoor
  • Grainger
  • Huron Consulting
  • IMC
  • Jump Trading
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Limelight
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morningstar
  • Northern Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Optiver
  • PwC
  • ReedSmith
  • Sidley Austin
  • Spencer Stuart
  • Storck
  • Taft Law
  • William Blair

In Kind Sponsors

  • Chicago Indoor Sports 
  • Constellation Brands
  • The French Pastry School
  • Limelight
  • RXBars
  • Starbucks

Financial Archive


Urban Initiatives is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating in the state of Illinois. 

87% of expenses directly support our programs.

For the fiscal year ending July 31, 2018, Urban Initiatives had:

  • Total income:  $4,504,868
  • Total program expenses: $3,831,434
  • Total fundraising expenses: $156,854
  • Total administrative expenses: $462,541
  • End of year net assets: $1,332,068