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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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.

2020-21 YP Ambassadors

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Paul Anderson
Product Manager, Strata Decision Technology

Srinivas Anne
Reporting Analyst, BMO Harris

Samuel Awoliyi
Associate, Amazon Logistics

Justin Bandy
Associate Portfolio Manager, 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.

Jessica Clay
Senior Consulting Analyst, Accenture

Mike Del Zoppo
Account Manager, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Colleen Desmond 
Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Conor Durkin 
Business Analytics Lead, Braviant Holdings

Max Ebacher
Manager of Career Services, UtmostU

Jon Elder
VP – Corporate Strategy, PNC Financial Services Group

Anna Forsberg
Manager, Customer Success Team, PayPal

Jade Graddy
Associate Consultant, Communications, Campbell & Company

Natalie Griffin 
NUPIP Fellow, Cook County Government

Jauwan Hall
Recruiting and Retention NCO, Illinois Army National Guard

Tina Hrabak
Assistant Director, Global Programs, Kellogg School of Management

Ashley Jacobson
Vice President, Global Growth Consultant, Publicis Groupe

Alexander Konetzki
Associate Attorney, The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane

Alex Kummerer
Associate, Goldman Sachs

Jillian Laumbacher
Program Associate, Arabella Advisors

Brian Juhyuk Lee
Consultant, Ernst & Young

Michael Leung
Behavioral Product Manager, Morningstar

Shayna Lewis
Digital Campaigns Director, Win Without War

Alex Loo 
Vice President, Ziegler Investment Bank

Sali Mahgoub
Deputy Director, the Obama Foundation 

Aaron Masliansky
Vice President of Executive Sales, Dream Town Realty

Molly Matelski
Hospitality Consultant

Charlie Minard
International Operations Specialist, FourKites

Nicole Mueller
Associate, K&L Gates LLP

Katherine Nopar
Independent Consultant

Jayant Rajpurohit
Manager, Global Market Research and Analytics, Abbott

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

Jeremy Rothschild
Vice President of Marketing, 7QUBES

Lily Shehadi
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Brendan Seyring
Managing Consultant, Paradigm Tax Group

Falak Shah
Senior Engineer, Exponent

Sarah Shu
Digital Marketing Manager, RXBAR

Tim Spellman 
Immigration Officer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Malavika Tampi
Manager, American Dental Association

Brandon Wall
Senior Corporate Accountant, US Foods

Dawit Woldemariam
Associate Equity Analyst, Morningstar

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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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.