Experienced professionals committed to strengthening our communities.
Lauren is driven to create a more equitable future for all Illinoisans. Her vision and experience with building global coalitions, cultivating relationships with diverse stakeholders and creating new opportunities for growth and sustainability are at the core of the Illinois Partners mission. Lauren served as Director of Programs at Mama Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to partnering with grassroots organizations around the world and investing in programs that support education, climate justice, health, gender equality and financial security. In addition, her deep understanding of the challenges of rural communities, based on her work in Ghana at the United Hearts Children Center, brings unique insights on nonprofit management, collaborative opportunities and the challenges of providing access and support to human services in rural Illinois. Lauren holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute and a master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University. She is a member of Young Women’s Giving Council at the Chicago Foundation for Women; an associate board member of the Awakenings Foundation; and is a member of the Acumen Leadership Corps. Email Lauren
OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Evan is committed to serving the greater good. For over 20 years, as a consummate community volunteer and leader, she has dedicated much of her time and energy to building bridges to bolster the success of agencies devoted to human services, the arts, education, and community engagement in Evanston. She serves on the executive committee of Foundation 65, a grantmaking entity that provides arts and literacy enrichment to the public schools and serves on the board of Young Evanston Artists. Prior professional pursuits include exhibit development, strategic planning and museum evaluation. Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed a certification in Arts Management through UMass Amherst. Email Evan
Ibis is an accomplished communications professional with expertise in the areas of public relations, media relations and crisis communications. With nearly 25 years of experience in the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors, she is recognized for developing meaningful strategies, messaging and tactics that resonate with the public while delivering measurable results. Ibis holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Columbia College Chicago. Email Ibis
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Kate believes in getting things done from the ground up. She has experience in leadership and community service and is actively involved in volunteer work, including service as a Board Member for both Giant City School and Saluki Swim Club in Carbondale, Illinois. Kate previously served as the President of Giant City School Progress Association. She is an alumna of Purdue University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Email Kate
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Holly has the heart of a social worker and the mind of a social entrepreneur. She’s worked in the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in several states, with an emphasis on budget, health, and human services policy and advocacy. She is actively engaged in many community efforts in the Bloomington Normal area, including the board of the YWCA of McLean County and Normal First United Methodist Church Social Justice committee. Holly achieved her master’s degree in social work at Boston College, where she concentrated on community organizing, policy, planning and administration, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in family counseling. In addition, Holly lived in Romania while working for a community development startup and has traveled extensively around the world and U.S. Email Holly
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