Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel Names Desiree Rogers to His Seven-member 2011 Inaugural Committee Co-Chairs Team.

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Chicago, Tuesday, March 1, 2011.  Early this morning Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, Treasurer Stephanie Neely and City Clerk elect Susana Mandoza named the seven co-chairs who will organize the inauguration of Chicago’s three city-wide elected officials.  The inauguration along with a series of events to be held city-wide will take place on May 16, 2011.  The co-chairs along with a short bio for each appears below.

Desiree Rogers.
 Most are familiar with Rogers for her service as President Obama’s White House Social Secretary. Currently she is the CEO of Johnson Publishing Company.  Rogers was elected president of People Energy’s two natural gas utilities in 2004. Previously, she led the Illinois State Lottery. Rogers has served on several corporate and non-for-profit boards, most recently serving on Equity Residential, a publically traded REIT, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and as Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wellesley College.

Tim Mullen.
Mullen, a private investor, was the director of
the Lincoln Park Zoo from 1999 to 2005. He currently serves on the
Board of Trustees at the Francis W. Parker School. Mullen has also
served as a director and investor of Thinkorswim Inc. of Chicago and was
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First Options of
Chicago, Inc.
 
Melinda Kelly.
Kelly is Executive Director for Chatham Business Association (CBA) Small Business Development Inc. where she provides viable and effective for support small businesses to enhance the social, political, and economic growth within the Chatham community.  Prior to joining CBA, Melinda Kelly served as an Employment Specialist assisting Chicago Housing Authority residents and as the Compliance Director for mortgage brokers and loan originators.
 
Eric Lefkofsky.
Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of LightBank, a venture fund focused on helping disruptive technology businesses. He is also a founder and director of several firms, including InnerWorkings, Inc., Echo Global Logistics, Inc., MediaBank, LLC, and Groupon.com, Inc. Lefkofsky serves on the board of directors of Children’s Memorial Hospital, the board of trustees of the Steppenwolf Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
 
Antonio Gracias.
Gracias is founder and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Valor. Prior to founding Valor in 2001, Gracias served as Founder and Managing Member of MG Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in Chicago. Gracias engages in community-spirited leadership as an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and was recognized for his service by the educational arts nonprofit Changing Worlds. He serves on the boards of the Grand Victoria Foundation, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the Board of Visitors at the University of Chicago Law School. He also serves as a Trustee of the Field Museum. Gracias holds a joint BS and MSFS from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.
 
David Herro.
Herro is a Chief Investment Officer at Harris Associates, as well as a Portfolio Manager of the Oakmark International Fund, the Oakmark International Small Cap fund and Oakmark Global Select fund. Before joining Harris, Herro worked for The State of Wisconsin Investment Board and The Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, Iowa. He holds an MA degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a BS in Business/Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
 
John T. Coli.
 Currently Coli serves as President of Teamsters Joint Council 25.  He has been a member of the Teamsters since 1971, and also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727 and as a Central Region Vice President for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  Prior to his tenure with the Teamsters, Coli served as a prosecutor and administrative law judge for the Illinois Secretary of State. Coli is currently a Trustee for the Local 727 Health and Welfare Fund, Pension Fund, Parking Industry Labor Management Committee, and Legal and Educational Assistance Fund, and serves on the Executive Board of the Chicago Federation of Labor. He was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Immigration Roundtable, Gov. Pat Quinn’s Economic Recovery Commission and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s Transition Team. He holds a BA degree from San Francisco State University and a JD from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
 

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