Board of Directors
Marc J. Lane
Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, President and Attorney – Board Chairman
Marc J. Lane, a nationally recognized business and tax attorney and financial adviser, practices law at The Law Offices of Marc J. Lane, P.C. in Chicago (www.MarcJLane.com). An innovator in helping social enterprises, foundations, corporations, investors, lenders and philanthropists leverage capital to maximize financial results while driving positive social change, he is the author of 35 books including Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs (American Bar Association) and The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Social Problems (John Wiley and Sons).
Director, U.S. Community Affairs – Board President, Co-Chair Marketing & Programming Committees
Wendy Raymer is a Director in BMO Harris Bank’s Community Affairs department. In this role, she is accountable for the strategy and execution of BMO Financial Group’s corporate philanthropy initiatives within the U.S. Wendy enjoys the challenges and rewards of nonprofit funding and attends many community and industry events throughout the year. She welcomes opportunities to network and connect with others in the nonprofit, CSR and social enterprise sectors. Wendy earned a BA degree in History from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Commissioner on the Cook County Commission on Social Innovations and currently serves on the boards of Instituto del Progreso Latino and the Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago Chapter.
President of Hess Advantage, Inc. – Board Vice President, Co-Chair Marketing & Programming Committees
John Hess is President of Hess Advantage Inc, providing tax incentive administration and employer of record solutions to for-profit companies and non-profit organizations nationwide. Mr. Hess assists employers in taking advantage of tax incentives available for hiring qualified employees. In addition, his experience with transitional jobs, subsidized wage programs and alternative staffing organizations has enabled non-profit organizations to successfully manage employer risk and increase placement outcomes. Mr. Hess is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Economics. He is currently on the Boards of Directors of the Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago Chapter and PPRE-Forevergreen and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Builders Community Development Corporation.
Associate Professor at DePaul University – Board Secretary
Karim Pakravan has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Finance at DePaul University since 2008. Prior to that, Pakravan had a 25-year career in global banking and finance. Since rejoining academia, Pakravan had lectured extensively on money and banking, financial management, international finance, and quantitative methods in finance. He has also been teaching a case-based private equity class since 2011. Pakravan’s research has focused on global macro-financial markets and regulation, topics in which he has published two papers since his return to academia. His research in the field is on-going, and he has also maintaining a continued interest in geopolitical issues. Pakravan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.
CiTTA Partnership, Founder, CEO and Chief Consultant – Board Treasurer
Belinda Li is Founder, CEO & Chief Consultant of CiTTA Partnership (www.cittapartnership.com), a management consulting firm that helps social enterprises become more sustainable and create greater social impact by improving their business models and practices. Belinda’s expertise includes: strategic planning, business modeling and planning, market analysis, and project management. She has helped social enterprises, both non-profit and for-profit entities, across various sectors, including: higher education, early childhood development, human services, sustainable homeownership, clean energy and energy efficiency, smart grid, and more. Belinda holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Ph.D. degree in Medical Physics from the University of London, UK.
Founder and CEO of Plan Heal Health Companies, Inc. - Chair Membership & Volunteerism Committees
Before founding Plan Heal, a health data platform that marries technology and social to empower people to become their own health advocate, Tammy held senior executive roles leading big-data, product development, and global market entry efforts for premier nonprofit and Fortune 500 companies. She lends her skills and experience to nonprofits that have a mission to empower veterans and citizens to live quality lives and is dedicated to veteran causes as she is from a military family. Tammy believes data tells the story of our lives and that it’s the spoke in the wheel that connects us all. Tammy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management and Information Systems from National Louis University, and a Masters Degree in Business and Law from Loyola University School of Law.
President and CEO, Safer Foundation
Victor B. Dickson is the CEO of Safer Foundation in Chicago IL., a leader in community corrections, prisoner reentry and workforce development. Safer assists individuals with services designed to overcome the barriers to reentry. Safer Foundation’s focus is employment which helps individuals become productive, contributing members of society and substantially lowers recidivism. Mr. Dickson is a member of the State of Illinois Human Services Commission, Workforce Investment Opportunity Board and Illinois Commission to Eliminate Poverty. He was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Cook County Commission for Social Innovation. He also served on the City of Chicago Police Accountability Task Force.
Mark G. Mulroe
Executive Vice President at A Safe Haven LLC – Academic, Co-Chair
Mark Mulroe is Vice President of A Safe Haven LLC. Mark holds positions on several industry and professional associations and committees and is an active member of several committees that address the needs of the homeless, including veterans and correctional populations.
John W. Pfeiffer
Partner, Open Door Advisors
John is a social impact leader with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit, government and consulting organizations. He is a Partner at Open Door Advisors, a consultancy focused on helping social impact organizations achieve greater scale, sustainability and impact. Previously, John served as First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; CEO of Inspiration Corporation; COO of Chicago Cares; Chief Development Officer of Chicago House; Director of Individual Philanthropy at Feeding America; and Senior Consultant with KPMG LLP. John holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MPA from Columbia University. He serves as board secretary of the Center for Housing and Health at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and as a board member of the Back Office Cooperative and Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago; he previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Reeling, the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival.
Senior Associate General Counsel of the American Bar Association
Lauren handles corporate transactions and commercial leases and provides counsel on corporate governance matters. She counsels the human resources department on employee policies, disciplinary actions, terminations and matters involving the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. She drafts and files statements of position with the EEOC. She has successfully mediated matters before the EEOC. Lauren also conducts internal investigations, reports on ethics matters to the Audit Committee, responds to ethics complaints and implements and enforces the ABA’s Code of Conduct. She conducts staffwide ethics training.