Product Manager, Strata Decision Technology
Paul Anderson is a product manager at Strata Decision Technology’s headquarters in Chicago where he builds technology products to identify and eliminate the causes of the high cost of US healthcare. Anderson earned a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois where he won several awards and published papers for novel research into the technical feasibility and financial impact of recycling carbon dioxide to create closed-carbon infrastructure. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he is an auxiliary board member focused on fundraising for Access to Care, a charity focused on providing access to primary care for underserved patients in Chicagoland.
Reporting Analyst, BMO Harris
Srinivas Anne is a reporting analyst with BMO Harris Bank. In this role, Anne supports data extraction and analysis to assist bank reporting. Prior to this position, he worked as a consultant specializing in search engine optimization (SEO) and cloud computing. Born and raised in Downers Grove, Illinois, he received a BBA from Benedictine University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a double major in accounting and finance.
Associate, Amazon Logistics
Samuel Awoliyi is an associate at Amazon’s facility in Skokie. Awoliyi previously served as campaign ambassador for the 2019 Paul Vallas mayoral campaign and interned for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. He is originally from New York where he graduated from Stony Brook University with a BS in economics and health sciences. Awoliyi came to Chicago approximately five years ago. At that time, he began taking classes at the University of Chicago in pursuit of his MBA and has been an engaged member of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs Council since 2019.
Associate Portfolio Manager, Artisan Partners
Justin Bandy is a co-portfolio manager on the global value team at Artisan Partners. In this role, 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 BA in history and a BS in geological sciences from Brown University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets Compliance, Fifth Third Bank
William “Hank” 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, Bell lived and taught in Tokyo, Japan for two years. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he 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, Butler’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, she quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work and believes it is her life’s purpose. Serving in various positions in the nonprofit sector, Butler’s predominant expertise is in fundraising and communications. 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 at JPMorgan Chase & Co. His professional interests include: securities regulation, quantitative finance, and the study of financial crises. Previously, Chandran curated TEDx conferences and has a deep appreciation for the emergent properties of such forums. Born in India and raised in Michigan, Chandran studied aeronautical & astronautical engineering as a Presidential Scholar at Purdue University. There, he conducted academic research for the US Air Force, Navy, and the FAA. He serves as an assistant scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop in Evanston and supports the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Chandran has been an active member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Young Professionals Network since 2015.
Senior Consulting Analyst, Accenture
Jessica Clay joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2019 when she moved to Chicago after serving five years as field artillery captain in the United States Army. Clay is originally from Saint Charles, Illinois and graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point in 2014 with a BS in business management and a minor in systems engineering. In the military, Clay served as one of the first female field artillery platoon leaders and was stationed in over three continents around the world. She is a passionate triathlete and distance runner and is involved in several veteran organizations across Chicagoland.
Mike Del Zoppo
Account Manager, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
Mike Del Zoppo is an insurance and risk management advisor to large middle-market multinational companies. Prior to joining Alliant Insurance Services, Del Zoppo was an intern for The Institute of Risk Management South Africa and was recognized for their best practices in risk award. Born and raised in Novelty, Ohio, Del Zoppo moved to Normal, Illinois in 2012 to receive his BS in risk management and insurance from Illinois State University. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he serves as a board of director and treasurer of the Chicagoland Italian American Professionals.
Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Colleen Desmond is a partner at BCG, serving as a core member of the provider, payer, and services (PPS) group within the health care practice. Desmond is also active in BCG’s social impact and global advantage work, as a local node for BCG’s global topics. She has lived across Europe, Africa, and Australia, including a rotational year abroad with BCG’s Global Impact Partners, the World Food Programme, and the Gates Foundation. Prior to BCG, she served as a WorldTeach teacher in Namibia, focused on introducing technology to the classroom. She earned a BA in political science and public policy at the University of Notre Dame and an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Business Analytics Lead, Braviant Holdings
Conor Durkin is a business analytics lead at Braviant, an online lender expanding consumer credit among the underbanked population. Prior to joining Braviant, he focused on credit strategy and risk at Future Finance, a UK-based private student lending startup, and was previously a bond trader at Guggenheim Partners in their structured credit group. Durkin received a BA from the University of Notre Dame in economics and political science. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he serves on the associates board of GCE Lab School on Chicago's north side.
Manager of Career Services, UtmostU
Max Ebacher is the manager of career services at UtmostU, a nonprofit that supports young adults from Chicago's south side as they pursue a college degree and enter the workforce. Prior to joining UtmostU, Ebacher served as the assistant to the president and executive director of the Comer Education Campus following his time teaching first grade through Teach For America in Indianapolis. A Massachusetts native, he received a BA in political science from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he subsequently spent several years working in marketing and communications at a small business membership organization.
VP – Corporate Strategy, PNC Financial Services Group
Jon Elder joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2019 when he moved to Chicago from the United Kingdom. Passionate about the intersection of business and public policy, Elder works for PNC Financial Services Group where he focuses broadly on growth initiatives within the firm’s asset management group. An avid outdoorsman, he has spent time working for the US Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and has hiked extensively on several continents. Elder earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from The Ohio State University and MBA from the University of Cambridge.
Manager, Customer Success Team, PayPal
Anna Forsberg is a manager on the customer success team at PayPal. Prior to PayPal, Forsberg worked around the world in a wide range of business environments: broadcasting in China, music administration in Europe, nonprofit technology startup in Western Africa, and technology focused startups 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 YP member since 2015.
Associate Consultant, Communications, Campbell & Company
Jade Graddy is a communications consultant at Campbell & Company, where she leads creative projects and advises nonprofit clients on fundraising communications strategy. Hailing from Washington, Graddy holds a BA in linguistics and human rights from the University of Washington in Seattle. Graddy’s international experience includes conducting research on indigenous language rights in Morocco; facilitating psychosocial development lessons for refugee youth in Palestine; and spending a year teaching and developing community initiatives in Jordan as a Fulbright fellow. She also runs a freelance resume writing service in her free time.
NUPIP Fellow, Cook County Government
Natalie Griffin is a fellow in the Office of Research, Operations, and Innovation within Offices Under the President in Cook County. Griffin has prior experience in performance management and the nonprofit sector, and she has a specific interest in novel modes of philanthropy and changemaking which span both the public and private sectors. Griffin received a BA from Northwestern University, where she double majored in biochemistry & biophysics and global health, with a certificate in civic engagement. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she serves on the Advocacy Council for Women Employed.
Recruiting and Retention NCO, Illinois Army National Guard
Jauwan Hall is a recruiting and retention NCO with the Illinois Army National Guard. Hall began his military service as a United States Marine and attended basic training at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, California. He subsequently deployed three times to the Middle East in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During his break in active service, Hall earned a BA in political science and history with a focus on law and courts before enlisting in the National Guard as a human resource NCO. He is a law student at the University of Illinois John Marshall Law School and is assigned to the General Jones Armory on Chicago’s south side. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Hall is active in the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League and is an executive board member at Chicago Votes.
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management
Tina Hrabak is the director of startups for Future Founders. Prior to Future Founders, she worked in universities focused on international education and workforce development, most recently at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Hrabak earned her master’s in public policy and management and bachelor’s in international studies – world economics and business from The Ohio State University. In addition to the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, she is also active with the Chicago Scholars Foundations.
Vice President, Global Growth Consultant, Publicis Groupe
Ashley Jacobson partners with executives across Publicis Groupe’s global footprint to drive revenue growth in her role as vice president, global growth consultant. Jacobson earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a focus in international business. She has worked with teams across Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Jacobson is involved with the art and design community in Chicago.
Associate Attorney, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane
Alexander Konetzki is a lawyer providing counsel to corporations, nonprofits, and social enterprises. He previously served as a litigator and voter protection counsel on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Konetzki was a researcher at the New America Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the DePaul International Human Rights Law Institute, and was a congressional intern for Rahm Emanuel. Konetzki is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law where he completed a concentration in international law and was the founder and editor-in-chief of the DePaul Rule of Law Journal. He holds an M.Phil in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a BA in political science and English literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Associate, Goldman Sachs
Alex Kummerer is a financial analyst in the private wealth management division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Kummerer 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.
Program Associate, Arabella Advisors
Jill Laumbacher is a program associate on the managed organizations team at Arabella Advisors. In this role, Laumbacher manages a portfolio of fiscally sponsored nonprofits and executes their legal, financial, and operational framework. Prior to Arabella, Laumbacher worked 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, she has lived in Spain and has a passion for studying the global political and economic landscape.
Brian Juhyuk Lee
Consultant, Ernst & Young
Brian Juhyuk Lee is an innovation and strategy consultant based out of the EY Chicago office. Lee is passionate about the economic development of low and middle-income countries through the development and delivery of innovative solutions to the social, public, and financial sectors. Ethnically Korean, Lee was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya before coming to the United States to pursue his undergraduate studies. Lee received a BBA in business and BA in statistics at the University of Michigan. He was a sergeant in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps and regularly participates in the Chicago triathlon.
Behavioral Product Manager, 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 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 serves as the gala chair of the Human Rights Campaign Chicago chapter 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.
Digital Campaigns Director, Win Without War
Shayna Lewis mobilizes more than half a million activists to advance a bold, progressive foreign policy as digital campaigns director at Win Without War. Originally from a small town in northeastern Arizona, she has crisscrossed the country with stints in San Francisco, DC, and Boston, working in nonprofits and higher education on multiple human rights and social justice issues. Most recently, Lewis served as senior advocacy advisor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as well as unit president of UNITE HERE! Local 2661. She received a JD with a certificate in public policy from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a BA from the University of Arizona. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, she volunteers with Open Books and Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services.
Vice President, Ziegler Investment Bank
Alex Loo is a vice president at Ziegler Investment Bank. He specializes in commercial real estate financing, mergers and acquisitions, as well as capital formation engagements for both senior living and healthcare owners and providers. A native of Southern California, Loo joined the Council in 2018 when he moved from Washington DC. He earned his BA in international affairs and economics at The George Washington University and was also a visiting student at Oxford University (Pembroke College). Loo is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Deputy Director, The Obama Foundation
As the deputy director of development for the Midwest region at the Obama Foundation, Mahgoub is responsible for the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major gift prospects. 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 Maslianksy is a realtor at Dream Town Realty in Evanston. Masliansky offers expertise on the dynamic markets in Chicagoland with a focus on Skokie and Evanston. He is actively engaged as a community storyteller through his podcast, “Inside the Skev.” In addition to being a Young Professional Ambassador, he is a fellow with the UNA Chicago Engage an Embassy Fellowship , on the Global Real Estate Council at the Chicago Association of Realtors, and on the Young Professional Committee with Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Masliansky received a BA and MA in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on international development.
Molly is an independent hospitality consultant with a focus on restaurant openings and Italian food and beverage companies emerging in the American market. Her work includes supporting Italian companies with marketing, public relations, proposal development and delivery, operations support, and event management. Prior to Matelski’s independent role, she worked in corporate hospitality companies such as Marriott and Hilton, where she led high performing teams in over 20 properties nationwide ranging from 250 to 1700 rooms and 14,000 to 117,000 square feet of meeting space. Matelski is a YWCA rape crisis advocate, supporting survivors of sexual assault and is active within Chicago nonprofits supporting underserved communities.
International Operations Specialist, FourKites
Charlie Minard is an international operations specialist at FourKites, a logistics tech startup. In this role, he is focused on the company’s international expansion into Latin America. Prior to this, Minard lived and worked in Brazil and Colombia at Online Taxman, an international accounting firm. He spent three years working in LATAM, while he studied for and passed the CPA exam. He earned is BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study abroad in Brazil. Minard is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he is a tutor at Tutoring Chicago and member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Chicago chapter.
Associate, K&L Gates LLP
Nicole Mueller is an associate in the securities and transactional litigation group of K&L Gates. Her practice is focused on the resolution of international and domestic disputes. Mueller litigates in numerous state and federal jurisdictions, representing a broad range of clients in complex litigation and arbitration, including securities litigation, consumer class action defense, and investment company litigation. She earned a BS in biology from Tufts University and a JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. In addition to serving as a YP Ambassador, Mueller is a member of the board of directors for Break Away, a national nonprofit.
Katherine Nopar is a consultant who works with small business owners to streamline their operations. Previously, Nopar worked as the senior assistant director of employer relations and development in the Office of Career Advancement at the University of Chicago. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and received a BA in media and information. Upon graduation, Nopar worked for two years in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. She has also lived in Madrid, Spain, where she received her TEFL certification, taught English, learned Spanish, and became a self-described jamón aficionado.
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. Rajpurohit 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. He received the Chancellors’ Gold Medal for his BA 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.
Director of Communications and Engagement, All of Us Program, Northwestern University
Monica Rodriguez is the director of communications and engagement with the All of Us research program at Northwestern University. She is a Chicago native and holds a BA in communications and fine arts and an MA in tourism and hospitality management. Monica 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, 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. Monica has led summer study abroad trips with The Experiment in International Living.
Director of Marketing, 7QUBES
Jeremy Rothschild serves as the director of marketing for the Forum on Education Abroad. In addition to membership at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2014, Rothschild has worked and studied in Japan, Mexico, and Spain, as well as participated in sponsored trips to Japan, Kosovo, and 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. He 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.
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase
Lily Shehadi has been a passionate member of the Council from her very first event as a sophomore in college. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she grew up experiencing the effects of a defective government system and crumbling ineffective institutions. This influenced her to study politics and pursue both an international relations and business degree with a Japanese minor. Shehadi speaks English, Arabic, and Japanese, and spent a year studying international business in Tokyo. She is a banker at JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Managing Consultant, Paradigm Tax Group
Brendan Seyring advises corporate clients on strategies to manage and limit their property tax liabilities. Previously, he served as deputy at the Cook County Board of Review where he focused on constituent services, value analysis, and was a hearing officer. Seyring participated as a delegate of the American Council of Political Leaders to India in 2014. He advocates for greener energy solutions both locally and nationally and is a collector of early American antiques. Seyring holds a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in early American history.
Senior Engineer, Exponent
Dr. Falak Shah is an engineer with Exponent, a multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and regulatory consultants. 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.
Digital Marketing Manager, RXBAR
Sarah Shu is a digital marketing manager for RXBAR managing the ecommerce platform. She oversees marketing strategy, site experience, and promotional campaigns for the Chicago-based company, which is the fastest growing nutrition bar brand in the United States. Along with her leadership 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. Spellman works in the field inspecting beneficiaries and companies utilizing the United States’ non-immigrant skilled based work programs. Spellman 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.
Manager, American Dental Association
Malavika Tampi, M.P.H., is a manager and methodologist for the American Dental Association’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. She has developed international, award-winning guidance through various projects focusing on the appropriate management of dental decay, use of antibiotics in dentistry, and evaluation of oral cancers. Additionally, Tampi has consulted in medicine in the fields of vaccination and cardiovascular disease prevention. Her work includes the development of systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and textbooks, teaching clinicians and other methodologists the fundamentals of evidence-based research and practice, and extensive stakeholder and patient engagement. She has collaborated directly with international clinical and methods experts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the UK-based Cochrane Collaboration, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Tampi was born in India, but raised in Ohio within an extensive, art-loving community of South Indians.
Senior Corporate Accountant, US Foods
Brandon Wall works in corporate finance at US Foods Headquarters. Wall 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. Having moved to Chicago in 2015, Wall has a great appreciation for global affairs and in his spare time enjoys reading about history and geopolitics.
Associate Equity Analyst, Morningstar
Dawit Woldemariam is an associate equity analyst for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. Woldemariam helps cover the industrials sector. Prior to joining the industrials team in 2018, he was a client service manager on Morningstar’s equity research sales desk, where he engaged buy-side clients for two years. Woldemariam holds a BBA in marketing and MBA and MS in finance from the University of Cincinnati.
Associate, DLA Piper
Stephanie Zosak is an associate in the franchise and distribution group of DLA Piper LLP. Zosak advises clients in the retail, quick-service, and lodging industries expanding their businesses internationally. 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, she was a pro bono legal assistant in the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. Zosak interned in the programs department of the Council (then, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations) as an undergrad.