Annual Giving Officer, the Rotary Foundation
Kendall Abbey is annual giving officer for The Rotary Foundation. She fundraises for Rotary’s Annual Fund, consults on donor engagement strategies, and trains volunteers on fundraising tactics. She started her career at Rotary as an alumni relations specialist. In this role she managed alumni associations and developed outreach strategies to engage alumni. Prior to Rotary, Abbey received her TEFL certification and taught English in Buenos Aires for two years. She is currently an active member of The College of Wooster’s alumni association.
Pricing Strategy Manager, Uber Freight
Maysem Alsaidi is a logistics and supply chain management professional with over eight years of experience. Having worked with leading firms in the Chicagoland area, she is consistently energized by opportunities in overcoming new challenges, developing new strategies, and execution of optimal solutions. Maysem’s passion for politics and current events brought her to join the Council in 2014. Originally from Iraq, she spent 10 years living in Baghdad and has had the privilege of traveling to many countries in the Middle East and across the world.
Associate Portfolio Manager, Artisan Partners
Justin Bandy is an associate portfolio manager on the global value team at Artisan Partners. As a generalist, he conducts fundamental equity research on companies headquartered all around the world across all sectors. Prior to joining Artisan Partners in 2009, Bandy was an equity research associate for KeyBanc Capital Markets in San Francisco, where he conducted research on software companies. Earlier in his career, he lived in Barcelona and then in Istanbul, where he worked as a retail banking analyst with the Lafferty Group. Bandy holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from Brown University and he also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In his free time, Bandy is an avid tennis player, enjoys SCUBA diving, loves to travel, and is obsessed with his Labrador puppy.
Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets Compliance, Fifth Third Bank
William Bell is an assistant vice president and compliance officer at Fifth Third Bank. In his role, he provides compliance support to the bank’s swap dealing business and assists in the bank’s Volcker Rule conformance. Bell earned his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2011. He also holds a BA in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a James Scholar. Prior to moving to Chicago, Hank lived and taught in Tokyo, Japan for two years. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hank is a member of the executive committee of the Overture Council at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Associate Director of Development, DePaul University College of Law
A native Floridian, Jessica’s appreciation for the nonprofit community blossomed when she was only a teenager. Inspired by her parents’ selfless service as they volunteered at homeless shelters, food pantries, schools and prisons, Jessica quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work and believes it is her life’s purpose. Serving in various positions in the nonprofit sector, Jessica’s expertise lies in fundraising, communications and research. Currently, she is the associate director of development at the DePaul University College of Law and serves as executive director of the Tollie and Eva Archie Foundation. Butler holds a BA in history from Tougaloo College, a MS in nonprofit management from DePaul University and a graduate certificate in business communication from Harvard School of Extension.
Associate, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Aaron Chandran is an associate in the Chicago office of New York-based financial services firm, JPMorgan Chase & Co. His professional interests include: securities regulation, quantitative finance, and the study of financial crises. Previously, Aaron curated TEDx conferences and has a deep appreciation for the emergent properties of such forums. Born in India and raised in Michigan, Chandran went on to study aeronautical and astronautical engineering as a Presidential Scholar at Purdue University. There, he conducted extensive academic research for the US Air Force, Navy, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Chandran serves as an assistant scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop in Evanston and is a perennial donor to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has been an active member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Young Professional Network since moving to Chicago in 2015.
Assistant to the President and Executive Director, Comer Education Campus
Max Ebacher is the assistant to the president and executive director of the Comer Education Campus. Ebacher’s work supports the campus’s mission of graduating students from high school ready for college and careers. He has an interest in promoting career readiness and developing internship opportunities for post-secondary students. Prior to joining the Comer Education Campus, Ebacher was a Teach for America corps member in Indianapolis where he taught first grade. A Massachusetts native, he received a BA in Political Science from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he subsequently spent several years working in communications at a small business membership organization.
Assistant Vice President, BMO Financial Group
Kay Fillingham is a senior manager in the enterprise anti-money laundering office at BMO Financial Group. In her current position, she coordinates US regulatory exams and internal audits and oversees management of sanctions- and money laundering- related emerging risks for global operations. Previously, Fillingham was an economic officer at the US Department of State, where she specialized in sanctions policy. She received her BA in international studies and Spanish and her MA in international development from the University of Denver. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she serves as a mentor for first-generation college students through Chicago Scholars.
Manager, Accounts Team, Braintree
Anna Forsberg is a manager on the global accounts team at Braintree (a PayPal company). Prior to working at Braintree, Forsberg worked around the world in a wide range of business environments: broadcasting in China, music administration in Europe, nonprofit technology start-up Western Africa, technology focused start-ups the United States. Forsberg received her BS in business-economics from Miami University in Ohio, with a secondary concentration in English language and literature. She is fluent in French and has been a Chicago Council on Global Affairs member of the YP network for three years.
Joi Freeman is a brand strategist with extensive experience in marketing development. She is currently an Executive MBA candidate at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She previously served as the marketing director for youth development at YMCA of the USA. Prior to joining the Y, Freeman spent eight months mentoring teens in Nairobi, Kenya and traveling throughout Europe. She has led marketing campaigns for a range of brands including Claire’s Stores, Inc., MoneyGram International, and Burger King. Joi received her BA in English from University of Maryland, College Park with a focus on literature of the African diaspora and creative writing. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she also serves on 4word Chicago’s leadership team and volunteers with an early childhood education initiative with HOPE Worldwide South Africa.
Associate Consultant, Communications, Campbell & Company
Jade Graddy is an associate consultant in communications at Campbell & Company, where she advises nonprofit clients on fundraising communications strategy. A Washington State native, Jade holds a bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics with a human rights minor from the University of Washington in Seattle. Graddy's international experience includes conducting research on indigenous language rights in Morocco; facilitating psychosocial development lessons to refugee youth in the West Bank of Palestine; and spending a year teaching and working on community projects in Amman, Jordan while on a Fulbright fellowship. Graddy is a member of the board of directors at the Chicago Refugee Coalition and enjoys working on creative projects and her Arabic skills in her free time.
Supply Chain Manager, Home Chef
Signe Hanson is currently a food procurement analyst at the meal kit delivery startup "Home Chef." After leaving her previous job planning events at the International Peace Institute in New York City, she wasted no time in finding the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and becoming engaged with the YP Network. Signe studied international affairs at the University of Georgia through which she completed a public administration internship in Romania and one term at the University of Oxford. She participated in the US Department of Defense's Portuguese Flagship Program, living, interning, and learning Portuguese in Brazil for one year.
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management
Tina Hrabak is assistant director of global programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She manages a variety of programming including Kellogg’s global consulting program, pre-MBA international experience, and faculty education initiatives. Prior to Kellogg, she worked in export education at the Ohio State University. She earned her MA in public policy and management and BA in international studies, world economics and business from the Ohio State University. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she is on the associate board of the Chicago Scholars Foundation, where she also serves as a college access mentor.
Joshua A. Joseph
Josh Joseph is a manager in PwC’s Advisory practice working to provide financial and operational strategy for large-scale business initiatives. His experience has been with multiple Fortune 500 multinational clients allowing him to develop a strong perspective on methods and leading practices to help companies grow and scale their operations internationally. With a focus on global target operating model developments as well as complex international M&A activity, both acquisitions and integrations, Joseph assists global clients in their overall corporate strategy. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in finance, economics, and public policy analysis.
Associate, Goldman Sachs
Alex Kummerer is a financial analyst in the private wealth management division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was an investment associate at Rothschild Investment Corporation. Kummerer earned a BS in finance, with honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a CFA charter-holder and member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Kummerer volunteers with Tutoring Chicago and Chicago Scholars.
Digital Communications Manager, Illinois State Comptroller
Christie Lacey is currently the digital communications manager for the Illinois Office of the Comptroller, Susana A. Mendoza, overseeing all aspects of the office’s web and social media strategy. Christie received her BA in communications and political science from DePaul University. Since graduating, she has worked in a variety of capacities on political campaigns, for non-profit organizations and in government. She is passionate about electing servant leaders to public office, health and fitness, and global issues. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she serves on the Board of Advisors for Mentee, a nonprofit that provides immigrant, refugee, and low-income high school students in Chicago with mentorship.
Program Associate, Arabella Advisors
Jill Laumbacher is a program associate on the managed organizations team at Arabella Advisors. In her current role, Laumbacher manages a portfolio of fiscally sponsored nonprofits and executes their legal, financial, and operational framework. During her tenure, Laumbacher has built expertise in advocacy, helping clients achieve their mission through civic engagement and meaningful policy change. Prior to her position at Arabella, sheworked at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and held a research assistantship at Marquette University, where she received her MA in International Affairs. A Chicago native, Laumbacher previously lived in Spain and has a passion for studying the global political and economic landscape.
Associate Behavioral Designer, Morningstar
Michael Leung is a behavioral product manager at Morningstar, focusing on improving investor outcomes and driving client success through productizing the latest advances in behavioral sciences. Leung grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore, and has also lived in China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Maldives. He holds a BA in history and East Asian studies, with a minor in economics from Wesleyan University. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he currently serves as the President of Morningstar’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group and Chair of Wesleyan University’s Chicago Alumni Association. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, and English, and is looking to brush up on his Spanish and Portuguese.
Deputy Director, The Obama Foundation
As the deputy director of development (midwest region) at the Obama Foundation, Sali Mahgoub’s responsibilities greatly contribute to the overall fundraising strategies of the Obama Foundation. Mahgoub is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects. In addition, she oversees several giving initiatives and supports the director of development and the chief development officer in establishing long-term goals and objectives for fundraising programs and activities that reflect the priorities of the Obama Foundation and the development team. Prior to joining the Obama Foundation, Mahgoub was the associate director of development at the University of Chicago. Previously, she worked at the University of Illinois–Chicago and the Iowa State University Foundation in the annual and special gifts department, where she was the recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Award. Mahgoub holds an MS in international development and a BS in dietetics and nutritional sciences from Iowa State University. She is a certified nutrition, health and wellness coach through the Wellcoaches School and the International Coaching Federation.
Vice President of Executive Sales, Dream Town Realty
Aaron Masliansky is a residential real estate consultant at Dream Town Realty. Prior to this position Masliansky worked for a company assisting in the design, development, and construction over $300 million of real estate across the United States. Masliansky received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on international development. During this time, he also worked and published for the University’s Program in Arms Control, Domestic and International Security (ACDIS).
Juan Pablo Moreno
Associate, Mayer Brown LLP
Juan Pablo Moreno is an associate of the Latin America group at Mayer Brown LLP. He represents lenders and borrowers in connection with crossborder corporate finance, leverage finance and structure finance transactions. He has an extensive in capital markets and has participated in a variety of high-yield and structured issuance of securities. Juan Pablo has a unique background in having been admitted to practice in New York, Illinois and the Republic of Colombian and having practied law in France, Colombia and the United States. Juan Pablo has been recognized as an expert in banking and finance based in the United States for Colombian law by Chambers & Partners Global. As a an associate at Mayer Brown, Moreno has participated in a variety of pro-bono matters, acted as a co-chair of the committee of associates and as as member of the recruiting committee. Most recently, Moreno cofounded the Latino Affinity Group at Mayer Brown. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Moreno worked for Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC and Brigard & Urrutia Abogados in Colombia. He is fluent in Spanish and French.
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Development, University of Chicago
Katherine Nopar is an assistant director of employer relations and development in the Office of Career Advancement at the University of Chicago. In this role, Nopar works closely with national and global employer partners to facilitate career opportunities for undergraduates. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Media and Information. Upon graduation, Nopar ventured to Los Angeles where she worked for two years in the film and television industry. With a passion for exploring new cultures, languages, and ways of life, Nopar moved to Madrid, Spain, where she received her TEFL certification and taught English, learned Spanish, and became a self-described jamón aficionado.
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan
Daniela One serves as an economic specialist at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. In her role, she researches and analyzes economic and social factors affecting the business environment in the Midwestern United States and Japan. In addition, she assists various Japanese Ministries (transportation, agriculture, and health) in conducting affairs in the Consulate’s jurisdiction.
One obtained a master’s degree in economics from Kyoto University, where she attended as a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholar. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management in Romania. She has travelled internationally since she was 10 years old, visited over 20 countries, and lived on three continents. One is committed to community and volunteering work and is currently an active member with the US-Japan Council and serves on the associate board of the Center for Economic Progress.
Manager, Global Market Research and Analytics, Abbott
Jayant Rajpurohit is a global market research and analytics manager at Abbott Laboratories with expertise in marketing research, analytics, and decision sciences. He is passionate about driving business decisions through strong understanding of business and consumer data. He has worked for fortune 500 clients across the Americas, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. He has also published two research papers in the domain of research and analytics. Rajpurohit earned his post-graduate degree with distinction in management from MICA, India. Jayant secured the Chancellors Gold Medal for his bachelors in technology. He attended the summer graduate program for management at ESCEM, France and was a delegate at the World Business Dialogue, Germany in 2012. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he is YP member at World Chicago, an active volunteer with Upwardly Global, and an alumnus of Centre for Civil Society, India. He has a penchant for travel, languages, and history.
Regional Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services, American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois
Breanna Rodriguez is a nonprofit professional who specializes in international development, program management, and strategic planning. She has lived and worked in various countries throughout Latin America and Europe. Rodriguez has worked with a diverse set of nonprofits including; immigration and refugee services and policy, fair trade programming, and professional associations. Rodriguez first joined the Red Cross as a volunteer on the Disaster Cycle Services team, were she developed and executed a summer jobs program in collaboration with various organizations in Chicago and deployed to Puerto Rico during the 2017 hurricane season. She volunteered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as a young professional research assistant and aided in the publication of a policy paper Urban Resiliency and Chronic Violence. Rodriguez holds an MS in international public service from DePaul University and a BA in sociology and Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University.
Director of Communications and Engagement, All of Us Program, Northwestern University
Monica Rodriguez is currently the director of communications and engagement with the All of Us research program at Northwestern University. Rodriguez is a Chicago native and holds a BA in communications and fine arts and an MA in tourism and hospitality management. She spent seven years working for a nonprofit organization committed to leadership development in university students. She organized and led university students in international trips to Spain and Nicaragua, Brazil, China and Fiji. She was chosen by a consulting firm in Singapore as an intern to help lead a leadership development program for the top one percent of incoming scholars at Ngee Ong Polytechnic tertiary school. Rodriguez has led summer study abroad trips with The Experiment in International Living.
Director of Marketing, 7QUBES
Jeremy Rothschild serves as the head of marketing for 7QUBES, an artificial intelligence & machine learning startup based in Chicago. In addition to membership in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for several years, He has worked and/or studied in Japan, Mexico, & Spain as well as participated in sponsored trips to Japan, Kosovo, & Macedonia. Rothschild holds a BSM from Tulane University, an MBA from EADA Barcelona, a post-MBA from NUCB Japan, and an integrated marketing certification from the University of Chicago. Jeremy is an associate member of the US Japan Council, served as chairman of the associate board of directors of the Art Institute of Chicago for four years, is a member of Face the Future Foundation’s associate board of directors and is a member of the Chicago Ideas Week Cooperative.
Management Consultant, Accenture
Inab Seid is a management consultant at Accenture, where she helps organizations enhance their business efficiency, leverage new technologies, and use data intelligently. She is passionate about technologies that are changing the digital world and driving the fourth industrial revolution, which is transforming the global economy and the framework of society.
Seid is a native of Ethiopia and she has been living in the US since late 2009. She holds BA in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Engineer, Exponent
Dr. Falak Shah is a Chicago-based consultant with Exponent, a multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory consultants. Dr. Shah specializes in solving complex engineering problems involving failures of structures and structural materials. At Exponent, he has assisted legal, insurance, and corporate clients on matters involving a wide range of industries—including construction, mining, healthcare, manufacturing, and consumer products. Shah completed his doctoral studies in structural engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Since moving to Chicago in 2014, he has become a die-hard Cubs fan and enjoys exploring the city’s unique culinary and cultural scene.
Digital Merchant, Walgreens
Sarah Shu is a digital merchant for Walgreens.com managing the beauty category. She oversees assortment, promotions, supply chain, marketing, and user experience across the digital platform. Along with her duties within the Chicago Council, Shu sits on the Joffrey Ballet Generation J Leadership Council and is a mentor with RefugeeOne. She is a Chicagoland native and earned her degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Immigration Officer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Tim Spellman is an immigration officer with USCIS working out of the Chicago office. Spellman works in the field inspecting beneficiaries and companies utilizing the United States’ non-immigrant skilled based work programs. Spellman has an interest in global affairs and has spent time all over the world as both an enlisted member and commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He earned a BA in history from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and is a current student in the masters of threat and response management program at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
Deputy, Cook County Board of Review
Brendan Seyring is a deputy at the Cook County Board of Review. He focuses on constituent services, value analysis and serves as a hearing officer. He served as a delegate of the American Council of Political Leaders to India in 2014 where he met with parliamentarians and business leaders in order to facilitate better relations and cooperation between the United States and India. He advocates for greener energy solutions both locally and nationally and is a collector of early American antiques. Brendan holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in early American history.
Partner, Cimarron Funds
William Swee is a partner at Cimarron Funds, a fund of hedge funds operating both diversified and sector specific strategies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Northwestern University where he received the Robert Eisner Award for Economic Research. Currently, he is working toward a master’s degree in liberal arts at The University of Chicago. He is also a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. William is an avid endurance athlete, having completed Ironman triathlons, ultramarathons, and mountain running races
Vice President, Portfolio Management-Construction, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC
Jenson Varghese is a vice president at Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC, where he oversees the firm’s affordable housing portfolio of assets in construction in 35+ states. Prior to his current role, he worked on the design and construction of mixed-use and hospitality projects in the United States, China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He has also held faculty positions in the architecture and interior design departments at the Abu Dhabi University and the New York Institute of Technology. Varghese was born in India and lived in Saudi Arabia. He earned a bachelor’s of science in architecture, with merit, at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and a master’s of architecture at the University of Cincinnati. His thesis was awarded a Director’s Award and a Distinguished Design Award. Varghese is the founder of Banyan Tree, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of Illinois with a mission to support Indian Olympic athletes.
Senior Corporate Accountant, US Foods
Brandon Wall works in Corporate Finance at US Foods Headquarters based in the Greater Chicago area. He pursued corporate accounting after graduating from NIU, with a BS in Finance. He is a US Navy veteran and spent three years serving in Yokosuka, Japan, where he engaged and trained with US allies along the Pacific rim. Wall also lived five years as an expat in Perth, Western Australia. During that tenure he worked for a residential construction company, overseeing their accounting department. He moved to the Chicago area in 2015, making it his home. Wall has a great appreciation for the field of global affairs and in his spare time enjoys reading about history and geopolitics.
Associate, DLA Piper
Stephanie Zosak is an associate in the franchise and distribution group of DLA Piper LLP’s Chicago office. Stephanie advises clients in the retail, quick-service, and lodging industries expanding their businesses internationally. She is a member of DLA Piper’s Firmwide Associates Committee, Chicago Associates Committee, and the Chicago Pro Bono Committee, and has been actively involved in the Chicago office’s associate recruitment efforts. Zosak earned her BA in political science and international studies from Northwestern University, MSc in human rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Following law school, Zosak was a pro bono legal assistant in the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands She is proficient in Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian. As an undergrad, Zosak was an intern in the programs team of the Council (then, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations) and fondly remembers planning an event featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.