Crain’s 2022 Notable Leaders in Community Development


It takes communities to make a city, and these winners are working overtime to ensure healthy and vibrant communities in the Chicago area. They help people in underserved and historically neglected areas; left-behind populations, for example people with disabilities; and residents of all ages, from infants to the elderly. They work in non-profit and for-profit companies, in positions ranging from founder and CEO to dedicated volunteer. By championing and helping to fund high quality affordable housing and education, as well as access to food and medical care, these leaders are setting an admirable example for all of us.

—Lisa Bertagnoli

METHODOLOGY: Individuals featured have not paid to be included. Their profiles were drawn from the submitted application documents. This list is incomprehensible. It includes only those whose applications have been submitted and accepted after review by the editors. To qualify for the list, applicants must be based in the Chicago area, have at least 10 years in their field, demonstrate that they have helped improve underserved and underinvested communities in the area, and demonstrate leadership outside of their organization, through involvement in civic action. or professional organizations.

Norma P. Rex