Nearly 1,500 smart, sophisticated Council members under the age of 45 participate in the Council's YP Network. Through this network, you will see, hear, and interact with the world's most influential thinkers and doers; rub shoulders and network with Chicago’s rising young business and civic leaders; and gain insights needed to compete in a fast-changing global economy.

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Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide by the prestigious University of Pennsylvania “2016 and 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index," the Chicago Council on Global Affairs engages not only the nation’s and world’s top leaders but also Chicago’s next generation of leaders.

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YP Ambassadors

YP Ambassadors are a select group of leaders from among the approximately 2,000 Council YP Network members, and are essential to the success of the Council's Young Professionals program. YP Ambassadors are chosen to represent their peers and help serve as the voice of the next generation at the Council.

Benefits of Being a YP Ambassador

  • Opportunity to bring ten (10) prospective members for free during the year to Council events
  • Opportunity to serve as a brand ambassador for the Chicago Council's Young Professionals Network
  • Access to Council leadership at YP Ambassador meetings and other special opportunities
  • Recognition as a YP Ambassador on YP Network webpage and a special nametag at YP events
  • Invitations to select leadership events, dinners, roundtables, and other special opportunities
  • Invitation to the Global Leadership Awards Dinner at a discounted rate


2019-2020 YP Ambassadors

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Kendall Abbey 
Annual Giving Officer, the Rotary Foundation 

Maysem Alsaidi 
Pricing Strategy Manager, Uber Freight

Justin Bandy
Co-Portfolio Manager, Global Value Strategies, Artisan Partners

William Bell 
Assistant Vice President, Capital Markets Compliance, Fifth Third Bank 

Jessica Butler
Associate Director of Development, DePaul University College of Law

Aaron Chandran
Associate, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Max Ebacher
Assistant to the President and Executive Director, Comer Education Campus

Kay Fillingham
Assistant Vice President, Specialty Markets, BMO Financial Group

Anna Forsberg
Manager, Accounts Team, Braintree

Joi Freeman
Brand Strategist

Jade Graddy
Associate Consultant, Communications, Campbell & Company

Signe Hanson
Supply Chain Manager, Home Chef

Tina Hrabak
Startups Manager, Future Founders

Joshua Joseph
Manager, PwC

Alex Kummerer
Associate, Goldman Sachs

Christie Lacey
Digital Communications Manager, Illinois State Comptroller

Jillian Laumbacher
Program Associate, Arabella Advisors

Michael Leung
Associate Behavioral Designer, Morningstar

Sali Mahgoub
Deputy Director, the Obama Foundation 

Aaron Masliansky
Vice President of Executive Sales, Dream Town Realty

Juan Pablo Moreno
Associate, Mayer Brown

Katherine Nopar
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Development, University of Chicago 

Daniela One
Economic Specialist, Consulate General of Japan

Jayant Rajpurohit
Manager, Global Market Research and Analytics, Abbott

Jeffrey Reppucci
Marketing Strategy and Special Projects, Envoy Global 

Breanna Rodríguez
Regional Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services, American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois

Monica Rodriguez
Director of Communications and Engagement, All of Us Program, Northwestern University  

Jeremy Rothschild
Vice President of Marketing, 7QUBES

Inab Seid
Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture

Brendan Seyring
Deputy Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review 

Falak Shah
Senior Engineer, Exponent

Sarah Shu
Digital Merchant, Walgreens

Tim Spellman 
Immigration Officer, US Citizenship and Immigration Services

William Swee
Partner, Cimarron Funds

Jenson Varghese
Vice President, Portfolio Management-Construction, Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC

Brandon Wall
Senior Accountant, US Foods

Stephanie Zosak
Associate, DLA Piper

YP Network Benefits

YP Network Benefits:

  • Access to 20+ YP-only programs and events each year
  • Invitation to the annual members-only YP Town Square with Council President Ivo Daalder
  • Reserved YP section at larger Council public programs to facilitate networking
  • A monthly YP e-news with insider updates
  • Discounted admission to select Council symposia
  • Access to Council Young Professionals social media community 
  • Unique opportunities to gain insights on the international policies and issues that the next generation of leaders face 

​Become an active member through our Individual Membership, President’s Club or Leadership Circles to get involved. 

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Next Gen Leaders Impact the Council

The YP Network is the lifeblood of the Council and its young professionals consistently drive inquiry and impact throughout the organization. Donate now to fuel our efforts to foster the next generation of global leaders through providing world-class expertise on the critical global issues of our time. Your investment in the Council enhances every aspect of our mission to influence the public discourse on solutions to the world’s largest issues.

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Upcoming Events

Exclusive Programming

Cocktails & Conversations with Council YP

Enjoy “cocktails and conversation” in a casual setting while exploring global topics on a deeper level. Get up close and personal with global experts while connecting with peers in an intimate setting.

YP Leadership Lunches

Fosters professional development through roundtable discussions with Council Emerging Leaders alumni, business executives, and local experts. Early access is granted to President's Circle members of the YP network.

YP Town Square

Get up-close-and-personal with Council president Ivo Daalder and share your feedback and ideas for the Council YP Network.

YP Fundraiser Event 

Put your global knowledge to the test and help raise money for your YP Network at the annual YP Global Affairs Quiz fundraiser event. 

YP Signature Events 

Build your network and grow your social circle by meeting other young Chicagoans. Join us for exciting events like our Council 360° and Global Storytelling Slam. 

Speaker Dinners

Go beyond the headlines by engaging in off-the-record discussions with speakers while exploring the exciting Chicago culinary scene. Eligible for President's Circle members and above.


Sip a cocktail, mingle with members, and continue the conversation about global issues following larger Council public programs.