Our mission is

to use the power of sport and play to empower Chicago’s youth to achieve academic success, develop social-emotional skills, and build social capital. 

Our Participants:

  • Hispanic/Latino: 54%
  • Black/African American: 38%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 4%
  • White & Other: 4%

87%

87% of UI participants come from families who qualify as low income

56

Urban Initiatives works in 56 Chicago Public Schools throughout the city.

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Staff

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.

  • Paul Boye, Chief Innovation Officer

    As Chief Innovation Officer, Paul Boye provides strategic leadership and planning in collaboration with senior leaders, staff, board members, and advisors to oversee UI’s fulfillment of its vision, mission, and strategic plan, fostering of values, and management of internal and external operations. Since earning his B.A. from Northwestern University, Paul has dedicated his professional career to improving outcomes for young people, including as a teacher, nonprofit professional and executive leader, and school district administrator. Beyond UI, Paul enjoys time with his amazing wife, Christine, and their three daughters on the South Side.

  • Kimberly Townsend, Chief Program Officer

    Kim Townsend is a Chicago native who has lived all over the US and the world. Kim’s educational background is in political Science, Peace and Justice, International Relations and Human Development. Kim has spent 22 years working in the Youth Development and Education field and is passionate about improving the human experience and ensuring equal access to resources for everyone. As Chief Program Officer Kim provides strategic leadership and planning for UI’s programs, day-to-day oversight and coordination of the Program Departments as well as assist in planning and implementation of special events and programs.

  • Dajuan King, Program Director, Continuum of Programming

    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.

  • Arianna Bell, Program Director, OST

    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.

  • Lauren Gaynor, Director of Development

    Lauren is the Director of Development at Urban Initiatives and oversees the fundraising strategy for the organization. Prior to Urban Initiatives, Lauren worked as a Development Associate at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Lauren was a double major in English & Professional Writing at Michigan State University, a member of the 2021 Loyola Baumhart Center’s Fundraising for Good Cohort and is currently working on her Nonprofit Management Certificate from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

  • Tiffany Wilson-Washington, Program Director- Community Schools Initiative

    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 the Director of 21st Century Learning 

  • Meaghan Stanford, Director of Learning & Instruction

    Meaghan graduated from the University of Michigan with a double major in Developmental Psychology and Gender & Health with a focus in Health Education. Meaghan has always had a passion for education and youth development — from coaching with the organization Girls on the Run to serving as the Program Director for summer camps at the Ann Arbor YMCA. Prior to joining Urban Initiatives, Meaghan spent the last 5 years working at a Detroit Public School both as an English Language Arts teacher for grades 6-8 and instructional coach for first and second year teachers. Here at UI, Meaghan leads the charge in all things learning and instruction: designing curriculum, facilitating workshops & training, and supporting staff development!

  • 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 Director

    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.

  • 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.

  • April Lillstrom, Program Administration Director

    April earned 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. April believes that sport and play should be part of every school day!

  • Adrians Cleveland, Individual Giving & Campaign Manager

    Adrians is an Indianapolis, IN native. She graduated from Butler University with a B.A. in Journalism. Prior to joining the UI team, she worked for Sigma Nursing. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her pup, Monte.

  • Jasmine Lardizabal, Development Manager – Corporate Partnerships

    Jasmine’s experiences as a military kid have shed light on the significant impact socio-emotional learning and a supportive community have on healthy youth development. She is a DePaul graduate with a Bachelor’s in Psychology (Human Dev.), has interned for three years at The Cities Project—a program that teaches stress management tools to Chicago youth, and has also fundraised for the Lurie Children’s Hospital as a Phi Mu. She is thrilled and eager to build positive, impactful connections in her role!

  • Rebecca Daaleman, Lead Data Manager

    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.

  • Andrea Serna, Lead Data Manager

    Andrea received her B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University Chicago, and for the past 6 years has worked with south and west side communities to support families experiencing homelessness. As a sports and wellness enthusiast, she looks forward to using her data and nonprofit skills with Urban Initiatives.

  • KyJuan Hardin, Vendor Manager- Community Schools Initiative

    Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, KyJuan attended Kenwood Academy and immediately began working with youth sports programs after graduating. He believes that sports play an essential role in both physical and emotional development- sport has been a safe haven in his own life. He started with Urban Initiatives in 2016 and has continued his growth and development by taking on new roles. He is now excited for his new role as a leader for the CSI team.

  • Chanelle McFarland, Lead 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.

  • Mia Jackson, Program Manager- Continuum

    Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Mia 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 Mia’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, Mia 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. 

  • Daniel Serna Geitz, Program Manager- Continuum

    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 Manager- Continuum

    Jackson first attended Loyola and then graduated from Tulane with a degree in International nonprofit management and Economics. Prior to his time at Urban Initiatives, he worked in Argentina and worked with the Catholic Charities of Chicago. Jackson is now excited for his new role as take the lead program manager.

  • Christina Valencia, Program Manager – Continuum

    Christina was born and raised in the Southwest side of Chicago. She was a very active participant in many after school programs throughout her childhood which led to the importance of being an advocate for youth programming in the Chicago-land area. Throughout the past 8 years she has been in leadership positions for communities, schools, and non-profit organizations ranging from youth sports, empowerment, leadership, and workforce development. She is now a Manager for the CFS program at UI leading 11-12th graders throughout their high school and college pathways.

  • Ebony Stallworth, Program Manager – OST

  • Lakita Chandler, Program Manager- OST

    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.

  • Adrianna Barnett, Program Manager – OST

    Adrianna grew up in Jacksonville, FL and moved to Chicago in 2016 to study sociology. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, riding her bike, and hiking, so she knows the importance of spreading healthy habits to Chicago’s young people.

  • Annie Waldoch, Program Manager – OST

    Annie grew up in a soccer-mad house with her five brothers in the west suburbs. After graduating from Michigan State, she worked with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic for over two years teaching Spanish literacy and building a community basketball court. Now, she loves biking to schools all around the city to see the coaches she manages in action. The best part of her work day is hearing the kids yell “GOOOAAAALLLL” at practice.

  • Olivia Ravenscroft, Operations Coordinator

    Born and raised in Madison, WI, Olivia came to Chicago in 2016 to attend DePaul University. She started at Urban Initiatives in October of 2020 as an AmeriCorps VISTA HR Associate. After completing her service term, she stayed on the team and is now Operations Coordinator.

Resource Coordinators

    • Gabriela Mendez, Resource Coordinator at Leland Elementary

    • Lovie Goshay, Resource Coordinator at Harold Washington Elementary

    • Venus Finley, Resource Coordinator at Spencer Elementary

    • Daven Powell, Resource Coordinator at Pullman Elementary

    • Corey Dooley, Resource Coordinator at Faraday Elementary

      Corey is an author, mentor, and survivor of gun violence. Notably, Corey worked as the Corridor Manager for the Soul City Business Corridor under the Invest South/West Initiative.

  • Eric Salzeider, Resource Coordinator at Clay Elementary

    Eric grew up in Northwest Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in International Studies and Environmental Management with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law. Prior to Urban Initiatives, Eric worked with various organizations aimed towards at-risk youth such as College Mentors for Kids and The International Mentoring Program.

Recess Coaches

  • Victor Ramirez- Nobel Elementary

  • Amere Washington- Brighton Park Elementary

  • Aaron Washington, Program Associate at Jahn Elementary

  • Bernadette Hansen- Ravenswood Elementary

    Born and raised in Chicago, Bernie attended Lane Tech college prep and immediately began working with youth sports programming. She started with Urban initiatives in 2015 and has continued to grow and develop to better her skills with conflict resolution, social emotional learning, physical and mental Health.

  • Javon Wright- Daley Elementary

  • Damian Lopez- Shields Middle School

  • Daveon Bennett- Reavis Elementary

  • Stephanie Mendoza-Martinez- Tarkington Elementary

  • Aminat Saliu- Christopher House Elementary

  • Jackqulin Johnson- Mitchell Elementary

    I’m all about peace, love , and joy! I love Jesus he is King in my castle ! My babies, and family are everything to me!

  • Crystal Perez- Jahn Elementary

    Born and raised in Chicago, Grew up on the Northside…Go Cubs! Mother of 3 Girls. Family is Everything to me.

  • Timothy Desherlia-Perez- North River Elementary

  • Earl Aaron, Orozco Elementary

  • Gerardo Medrano, Prieto Elementary

  • Alejandra Rodriguez- Lozano Elementary

Available Jobs

Recess Coach

Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting?

Our Recess Coach position may be PERFECT for you!

The Recess Coach is responsible for managing the recess schedule for all K-8 school-age youth, expanding SEL knowledge school-wide, and being a proactive team member within their school environment.

  • A Day in the Life of a Recess Coach


    ● Organizing schedule for recess in partnership with school administration
    ● Overseeing a team of school staff to support recess
    ● Building relationships with school staff and students
    ● Leading activities based on play and SEL
    ● Managing transitions to and from the lunch and recess spaces
    ● Supporting school SEL needs, as needed

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    ● Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
    ● 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
    ● Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment
    ● Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high-quality work
    ● Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    ● Commitment to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
    ● Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods

  • Compensation Package

    ● Competitive hourly rate of $21
    ● Health, dental, and vision insurance premiums paid 100% by Urban Initiatives (for employees and for their children)
    ● Retirement Plan Options after 1000 hours worked
    ● Paid Sick Leave
    ● Comprehensive Training
    ● Employee Recognition Programs
    ● Support for Community Involvement

How to Apply: Link to apply is HERE.

Substitute Coach

Are you passionate about youth development? Have a knack for coaching and leading activities with young people? Do you enjoy working in a school setting?

Our Substitute Coach position may be PERFECT for you!

The Substitute Coach is responsible for providing substitute coverage for our recess and out-of-school time programming for K-8th grade youth, expanding SEL knowledge school-wide, and being a proactive team member within their school environment.

  • A Day in the Life of a Substitute Coach


    ● Provide on-call recess support to a school in your geographic area
    ● Provide on-call out-of-school-time support to a school in your geographic area
    ● Building relationships with school staff and students
    ● Leading activities based on play and SEL
    ● Managing transitions to and from the lunch and recess spaces
    ● Supporting school SEL needs, as needed

  • Requirements & Qualifications

    ● Passion for Urban Initiatives’ mission
    ● Strong time management, administrative, analytical, and organizational skills
    ● 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
    ● Self-directed while balancing multiple tasks within a team-based work environment
    ● Ability to be flexible and manage multiple priorities while maintaining high-quality work
    ● Commitment to interrupting all forms of oppression in the workplace
    ● Commitment to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for youth
    ● Demonstrated experience working with a diverse group of people, particularly those living in underserved neighborhoods

  • Compensation Package

    ● Competitive hourly rate of $21 – max of 25 hours per week
    ● Retirement Plan Options after 1000 hours worked
    ● Paid Sick Leave
    ● Comprehensive Training
    ● Employee Recognition Programs
    ● Support for Community Involvement

How to Apply: Link to apply is HERE.

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

Schools

  • Barnard- 10354 S Charles St

  • Bateman- 4220 N Richmond St

  • Beidler- 3151 W Walnut St

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

  • Claremont- 2300 W 64th St

  • Clay- 13231 S Burley
  • Daley- 5024 S Wolcott Ave

  • Doolittle- 535 E 35th St

  • Faraday- 3250 W Monroe St

  • Foster Park- 8530 S Wood St
  • Goethe- 2236 N Rockwell St

  • Goudy- 5120 N Winthrop Ave

  • Greene- 3525 S Honore Ave

  • Gunsaulus- 4420 S Sacramento Ave

  • Harold Washington- 9130 S University Ave
  • Henry- 4250 N St Louis Ave

  • Phoebe Hearst- 4640 S Lamon
  • Mahalia Jackson- 917 W 88th St

  • Jahn- 3149 N Wolcott Ave

  • Joplin- 7931 S Honore
  • King- 644 W 71st St

  • Kozminski- 936 E 54th St

  • Libby- 5300 S Loomis Blvd

  • Little Village- 2620 S Lawndale Ave

  • George Leland- 512 S Lavergne
  • Lloyd- 2103 N Lamon Ave

  • Logandale- 3212 W George

  • Lozano- 1501 N Greenview
  • Marquette- 6550 S Richmond St

  • McClellan- 3527 S Wallace
  • McNair- 4820 W Walton St

  • Mitchell- 2233 W Ohio
  • Morton- 431 N Troy St

  • New Field- 1707 W Morse
  • Nixon- 2121 N Keeler Ave

  • Nobel- 4127 W Hirsch St

  • North River- 4416 N Troy St

  • National Teachers Academy- 55 W Cermak Rd

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

  • Pasteur- 5825 S Kostner Ave

  • Perkins Bass- 1140 W 66th
  • Piccolo- 1040 N Keeler Ave

  • Providence Englewood Charter School- 6515 S Ashland Ave

  • Ravenswood- 4332 N Paulina St

  • Reavis- 834 E 50th St

  • Schubert- 2727 N Long Ave
  • Shields- 2611 W 48th

  • Spencer- 214 N Lavergne

  • Stevenson- 8010 S Kostner Ave

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

  • Emmett Till- 6543 S Champlain
  • Walsh- 2015 S Peoria Street

  • Ward- 2701 S Shields Ave

Board

Board of Directors

  • Neil Hirshman, Board Chair, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Sarah Naim, Board Vice-Chair, Grainger
  • Solomon Barnett
  • 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
  • David Mahoney, CBRE
  • Edwin McDonald, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Dave McGranahan, Relative Value Partners
  • Michael McGrew, Constellation Brands
  • Ali Minnick, Slalom
  • Habib Moudachirou, V-Square Quantitative Management
  • Jason Pritzker, The Pritzker Organization, LLC
  • Ari Randolph, Nike
  • Dawn Reese, Arabella Advisors
  • Anel Ruiz, Culloton + Bauer Luce
  • Karen Schweickart, Convergint

Partners Board

  • Jarrod Carter, CBOE Global Markets
  • Annika Clutch, Storck USA
  • Molly Costich, J.P. Morgan
  • Annie Couyoumjian, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
  • Richard Douglas, Themis Bar Review
  • Larry Fogel, Silney Austin
  • Mike Galibois, Reed Smith
  • 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
  • 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.

Members

  • Orlando Aguirre, CBRE
  • Heidi Annaheim, PNC Capital Markets
  • Nathan Asher, Health Strategy
  • Julien Baneux, Cresset
  • Andrew Bartush, Eli Lilly & Company
  • Michelle Baumann, VMLY&R COMMERCE
  • Doug A. Bowen, MBA Candidate
  • Jack Buehler, Kinesso
  • Finnian Bunta, Belvedere
  • Jamie Burt, Lindsay Pickett & Postel, LLC
  • Andrias Campbell, Fidelity Investments
  • Peter Campbell, Providence Equity Partners
  • Will Campbell, Huron Consulting
  • Alex Coggin, William Blair
  • Benjamin Cohen, Karis Gold
  • Andrew Cole, Arthur J. Gallagher
  • Chris Crimmins, Eastern Illinois University
  • Keegan De Silva, Great Point Capital
  • Brandon Deger, The Pritzker Organization
  • Shay Deverell, Citadel Securities
  • Caroline DeWeirdt, Mindshare
  • Ashley Dobbins, Spark Foundry
  • Brian Dobmeier, DoorDash
  • Joshua Dunn, Arcadis
  • Kevin Eisele, William Blair
  • Chris Ellison, Jump Trading
  • Jamie Ende, David A. Axelrod & Associates, P. C.
  • Holton Faust, Northwest Community Healthcare
  • Brian Flanagan, KPMG
  • Rachel Flanagan, Accenture
  • Nick Franz, Prairie Capital Advisors, INC.
  • Harrison Freund, Cash App
  • Greg Friend, Nativo Inc.
  • Alex Gorniak, McDonald’s
  • Jeremy Guterl, Ketchum
  • Austin Haas, Sprout Social
  • Carter Hale, Avison Young
  • Kyle Hannon, Acrisure
  • Willy Hernandez, William Blair
  • Julian Hilpuesch, Slalom
  • Liz Hoppe, Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Lauren Horn, All Stars Project of Chicago
  • Brett Joseph, Sports Info Solutions
  • Conor Kelch, EY
  • Andre Kohn, VillageMD
  • Joe Kryza, GCM Grosvenor
  • Young Kwak, Citadel
  • Chris Laackman, AbbVie
  • Wendelina Lai, GTCR
  • Lauren LaVan, Harness Wealth
  • Bill Lawrence, US Court of Appeals 
  • Carly Levick, SVT Robotics
  • Erin Lippert, Bauman Center for Social Enterprise & Responsibility
  • Patrick Mahal, Antares Capital
  • Joe Mark, Havas Media Group
  • Rick Marquardt, PepsiCo
  • Elise Marrinan, Qualtrics
  • Matt Matosian, Shore Capital Partners
  • Brian Mattoni, Priority Sports & Entertainment
  • Brandon Medina, Wind Point Partners
  • Jordan Metter, Comunidade FIT
  • John Moten IV, CBRE Capital Markets
  • Hannah Nichols, Fidus Investment Advisors
  • Susan Nichols, Guggenheim Technology Investment Banking
  • Erica Nied, Alexandra Jules LLC
  • Samantha Nitti, Trilogy Behavioral Health
  • Parth Patel, Abbvie
  • Cami Pham, Enova International
  • Kellan Pierucci, TD Ameritrade
  • Christen Baillie Plotkin, UBS
  • Rhian Pritchard, RSM US LLP
  • Brian Quirke, Davis & Hosfield Consulting LLC
  • Michael Quirke, Bain & Company
  • Jose Ramos, Community Investment Corporation
  • John Reglin, imnotArt
  • Will Reichert
  • Libby Rice, Innosight
  • Quinn Ricketts, Chicago Cubs
  • A.J. Riddell, Compass Group
  • Chris Ritter, Crafty
  • Catherine Sangster, Purpose London
  • Lars Skattum, William Blair
  • Sarah Skoog, Home Chef
  • Derek Skoog, PwC
  • Annaka Stoeckel, Home Chef
  • Isaac Torres-Villa, JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Hannah Tzeghai, PepsiCo
  • Melissa Valentino, Tom, Dick & Harry Creative Co.
  • Cameron Van Wyk, Discover Financial Services
  • Emily VanGilder, Roku
  • Tyler VanGilder, William Blair
  • Kate Walsh, Consultant
  • Christopher Wang, Grainger
  • Katie Wells, Equity Group Investments
  • Nicole Willens, Northwestern Medicine
  • Lauren Wolf, Amazon Web Services
  • Coety Wyse, the Competence Group
  • Katie Zara, Kraft Heinz
  • Austin Zimmerman, RealtyAds

Advisory Board

  • Jen Axelrod, Chicago Community Trust
  • Eddie Bustamante, UIC
  • Felicia Davis-Blakely, Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Connie Falcone, Northwestern Memorial Foundation
  • ME Girgenti, Philanthropist
  • Alicia Gonzalez, Cubs Charities
  • Christian Gordon, Depaul University
  • Kate McAdams, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Nelson Padilla, Youth Development Worker
  • London Rakestraw, SCR Transportation
  • Katy Reichert, Philanthropist
  • Stacy Stutz, Independent Consultant
  • Nancy Sullivan, Illinois Ventures
  • Cedric Thurman, Federal Home Loan Bank
  • Jasmine Thurmond, King Academy of Social Justice
  • Lisa Wiersma, IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation

Supporters

Sustaining Sponsors

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

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
Optiver
Cece & Tom Ricketts
Storck USA, L.P.
Winslow Family

 

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

Morningstar 

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

Overview

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