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).
Associate Professor at DePaul University – Board Secretary & Academic, Co-Chair
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.
PhD, MBA CiTTA Partnership, Founder, CEO and Chief Consultant – Board Vice President
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.
President of Hess Advantage, Inc. – Programming, Chair
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.
Director, U.S. Community Affairs – Programming Co-chair, Marketing Chair
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.
Founding Executive Director and President at Coalition for Justice and Respect (CJR) – Membership, Chair
Marc Loveless is a Civic Citizen that is Publicly Engaged in Social Justice. He is a member of Community Advisory Board Chicago Public Radio, Human Rights Award from Creativity United, Recipient of the Drum Major Call To Service award by President Barack Obama. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Common Cause, Board of Directors National Action Network (NAN),Organizer Southside Democracy For America(DFA).He was a member of the leadership team that passed the Quality of Life Illinois Scratch-off Lottery Ticket. This act created a new stream of funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
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.
Founder/CEO at Nutricio - Marketing, Chair
Mike is the founder and CEO of Nutricio, a digital health & wellness software focused on improving nutritional decision making at the meal planning and grocery shopping experiences. (www.nutricio.co) Mike graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Roosevelt University. He was a member of American Express’s “Top 50 Under 40” in 2014 for his development of Crisp! Mobile Grocery. His entrepreneurial drive has led him to successfully advance business interests and build team capacity within challenging environments by mobilizing resources and engaging partners. In addition to his role with Social Enterprise Alliance, Mike volunteers for the Sundance Film Festival and the Chicago Film Archives.
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.
President /CEO of Safer Foundation
Founder/Collaborator at Triad Resource Group
Self-motivated and goal-oriented professional focused on the nexus between nonprofit marketing, communications and fundraising systems. Able to meet new challenges with great ownership and timely deliverables. Toggles between vision and details, an expert multitasker, who enjoys exercising brain ‘muscles’ for the benefit of friends, clients, problem solving, or ideation. A true introspect that is dependable, capable, and highly resourceful. Passionate about emerging non-profits and social
Assistant Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship at Roosevelt University
Raed Elaydi is the Amoco Chair and Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Management in the Heller College of Business at Roosevelt University. He received his PhD from Texas A&M University, Mays Business School, and has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Penn State University and UIC. His interests include social entrepreneurship in subsistence markets, collaboration platforms for sustainable innovation, entrepreneurial opportunity for poverty alleviation, and innovation and reputation in entrepreneurial ventures. Elaydi is also working with students to document social entrepreneurs and their enterprises in Chicago. This multi-year project will document and track social entrepreneurs throughout the Chicago area to build awareness, community and knowledge of the social entrepreneurship movement in the area. If you know of social entrepreneurs who would like to participate, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.