Release of the Class of 2013 Emerging Leaders Perspectives 


Representatives of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2013
Ambassador William J. Garvelink, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Senior Adviser, International Medical Corps
Mike Simmons, Policy Director, City of Chicago, Office of the Mayor

Increased urbanization is raising new challenges in food security. Leaders in both developed and developing countries are beginning to recognize that urban food insecurity is at least as pressing a problem as rural food insecurity. Please join The Chicago Council’s Emerging Leaders Class of 2013 as they present the findings of their year-long study of urban food security issues. Ambassador William J. Garvelink and Mike Simmons will deliver remarks and comment on the Emerging Leaders report. Copies of the report will be distributed at the event. Download the report (PDF).

Ambassador William J. Garvelink is a senior adviser (non-resident) for US leadership in development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior adviser for global strategy at the International Medical Corps. Previously, Ambassador Garvelink worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where he most recently served as a senior adviser to Administrator Rajiv Shah. Prior to USAID, he served as US ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo from October 2007 to May 2010.

Mike Simmons serves as policy director to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, where he has helped develop public policy across many issue areas, including homelessness, housing, economic development, and food deserts. He also has developed policies intended to bring grocery stores and other economic development to neighborhoods that need it. Before coming to city hall, Simmons served as policy director to Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer. Prior to that, Simmons served on the legislative staff of US Senator Dick Durbin.

   WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013


   Event Audio  (65.4MB, mp3) 



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