Board of Directors

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Gary Arnold, Board Co-Chair, serves as the Program Director for Progress Center. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago. He is a contributor to Streetwise and the Huffington Post.

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Megan Cusick, Board Treasurer, is the Grassroots Specialist in the Office for Library Advocacy at the American Library Association. A former Chicago Public Schools teacher librarian and still a CTU member, Megan has been involved in a variety of efforts to support fully-resourced neighborhood public schools in Chicago. She is a founding member of Chi School Librarians, the former Intellectual Freedom Representative for Illinois School Library Media Association, and an advocate for youth empowerment.

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Susan Eleuterio is a folklorist, educator, and consultant to non-profits. She formerly served as the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Literature and Presenters Programs for the Illinois Arts Council and as the Registrar and Collections Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry. Sue has extensive experience in grants administration and review and has served on grant review panels in Illinois as well as for other Midwestern states and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Sue is the Program Committee Co-Chair at Crossroads Fund.

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Janine (Jani) L. Hoft is a partner at the People’s Law Office in Chicago, Illinois. The People’s Law Office is a law partnership established in 1969 after the murders of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and remains committed to representing victims of civil rights violations. Throughout its more than 40 year history the office has confronted police brutality, torture and prosecutorial misconduct; represented political activists; advocated for prisoners; fought against the death penalty and provided legal support to Puerto Rican and other political prisoners. Jani received her Juris doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent College of Law.

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Nora Kyger is the Executive Vice President and Partner at Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt, a fundraising consulting firm serving non-profit clients across the country. Nora works with clients from a wide range of institutions seeking to improve their financial footing, their operations and expand their impact. Nora worked with Crossroads Fund helping to design and lead the Big Change Endowment Campaign. Prior to joining TW&B, Nora was the Associate Director for IIT's Insitute of Design and a consultant with AT Kearney in their Asian division. Nora leads the Annual Fellows Program of the Development Leadership Consortium, which introduces new development professionals to the philanthropic community in Chicago.

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Agnes Meneses is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Chicago Foundation for Women where she helps lead collaborative efforts to address issues impacting women and girls. Agnes spent twelve years as a Program Officer at Alphawood Foundation where she gained wide experience in supporting Foundation grantees ranging from arts, arts education and environmental organizations to those focused on addressing community needs and pressing social justice issues. Prior to joining Alphawood, Agnes served as a Manager of Annual Funds for the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and worked in business and market development for PwC’s Chicago office.

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Henry Cervantes, Board Co-Chair, is an artist, educator, and organizer who focuses on nonviolence and restorative justice and has trained activists from Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America. Currently, Cervantes serves as the Manager for The Peace Exchange, an organization that engages young Chicagoans from the west and south sides in training and trips abroad to study global nonviolence movements. Cervantes is passionate about building African-American and Latino coalitions and reducing youth violence. Cervantes has served on the Docent Council at the DuSable Museum of African American History and leads the Aztec Dance Group Xochil-Quetzal.

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Denise Ferguson is an artist, a human rights activist, and skilled public servant with over 36 years of diverse professional experience. Her career is marked with honorable achievement around advocacy for women’s rights, education, health care, housing, and juvenile justice. Her leadership and commitment to sustainable solutions catalyzed the development and implementation of impact-yielding programs across agencies such as the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Public Library, and the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian. Denise is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s west side. Retired since 2011, she now lends her expertise to various organizations as an independent consultant and supports women in developing pathways to economic self-sufficiency. She enjoys time spent with her 5 grandchildren.

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Julia Klein is an artist, arts educator, and publisher. She runs a small, non-profit publishing company, Soberscove Press, that publishes art books.  Julia participated in the 2015 and 2016 Giving Project cohorts.

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Roxana Gonzalez is a Chicago Public School educator in the Belmont Cragin community. She moved to Chicago after graduating from UCLA and has been teaching since. She leads a middle school social studies classroom and is committed to creating a social justice curriculum for her students. She was introduced to Crossroads in 2015 and participated in the 2016 Giving Project.

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Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri  is a senior analyst at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy consulting firm serving a wide range of donors working across issue areas and geographies. She helps foundations, corporations, and families design, implement, and evaluate grant-making programs. Prior to joining Arabella, Kheira worked as a public affairs officer at the Quebec Government Office in Chicago, where she helped design an arts and culture grant program. Kheira also worked as a research fellow at Northwestern University’s Ford Center for Global Citizenship, where she contributed to research initiatives on corporate social responsibility and reputation management. She is passionate about equity, applied rationality, and storytelling.

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Jon Quinn is a Philanthropic Advisor with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors where he works with individual, family, institutional, and corporate donors across the Midwest and around the country. Previously, Jon was Donor Services and Initiatives Manager at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s LGBTQ and Native grant programs, oversaw a project that uses crowd-sourced giving to support public school projects, and managed Foundation events and communications. He served on the planning committee for the 2013, 2014, and 2016 conference for Funders for LGBTQ Issues. He serves on the board of Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education organization that develops literacy and writing skills in Chicago Public Schools.

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Michelle Morales is the Chicago Executive Director of Mikva Challenge. Michelle’s community involvement and youth development work has included serving as a teacher and an assistant principal at an alternative high school in Humboldt Park, where she saw first hand how disempowerment and marginalization impacts youth of color. She has extensive leadership experience designing, implementing and improving organizational systems for community-based organizations.

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Ireri Rivas is the Director, Student Support at the University of Chicago's Center for Identity + Inclusion. She has worked on various initiatives related to immigrants and education, particularly undocumented immigrants’ experiences in accessing and preparing for higher education. She holds an M.A. in Literature from The University of Chicago. She was a 2017 Giving Project participant.

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Emmanuel Andre is the Lead Attorney & Executive Director of Northside Transformative Law Center and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Circles & Ciphers. Circles & Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people impacted by violence. Through art-based peace circles, education, and direct action we collectively heal and work to bring about the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.

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Tracie D. Hall is the Director of the Joyce Foundation's Culture Program. Prior to her appointment at Joyce, Tracie served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) for the City of Chicago where she oversaw the Arts and Creative Industries Division which included the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music Industry, and Farmers Market programs, as well as the Chicago Film Office.

Deeply invested in the intersection of arts access, literacy, youth and economic development, Hall is a poet, fiction writer and playwright. Hall is a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of various awards and residencies for her writing, creative and community work. Holding degrees from the University of California, Yale University and the University of Washington, Hall was born and mostly raised in South Los Angeles. She is Founding Curator of experimental arts space, Rootwork Gallery and continues to make time to serve on various non-profit boards and committees.

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Mollie Anderson is an experienced fundraiser with the majority of her career being in major gifts. She has helped advance the missions of the YMCA of Metro Chicago, the ACLU of Illinois, and the University of Chicago. She is currently the Chief Development Officer at the Chicago Literacy Alliance. Prior to her fundraising career she very nearly became an academic and holds an MA in Religion and American Politics from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Religious Studies from San Diego State University. She is an alumnus for the 2018 Giving Project.