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Co-Chairman James H. Lewis, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Jim Lewis holds research and policy analysis positions at the University of Illinois, Chicago Great Cities Institute and at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Prior to his current positions, he was Senior Program Officer at the Chicago Community Trust where he managed grant-making in the fields of human services and community development; he was Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs at Roosevelt University where he also taught urban affairs and research methods; and he was Vice President for Research and Planning at the Chicago Urban League where he oversaw research in education, economic development and voting rights. He was a co-principal investigator on the official evaluation of welfare reform in Illinois and served as statistician for the City of Chicago's three initial HUD homeless counts. He has authored more than 30 articles, book chapters and commissioned evaluation or research reports.
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Co-Chairman State Representative William-Will-Davis
Since taking office in 2003, State Representative William “Will” Davis has been dedicated to serving the needs of 30th District residents. His top legislative priorities include education funding, increased health care availability and economic development.
In the 102nd General Assembly, Davis serves as the Chair of the Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations committee and Vice Chair of the Executive committee. In addition, he is a member on the Public Safety Appropriations, Energy & Environment, Labor & Commerce, International Trade & Commerce committees, and the Minority Impact Analysis subcommittee.
Will Davis was born on July 2, 1968 in Harvey, Illinois. Davis holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Governors State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1989. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He is a founding member of the Better Funding for Better Schools Coalition. Davis also serves on the Foundation Board of South Suburban College.
Prior to his legislative service, Davis served as an Admissions Counselor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale from 1990 to 1996. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Deputy District Administrator for Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Davis is a dedicated member of New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Harvey.
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Curt Clemons-Mosby coordinates the implementation of the Budgeting for Results process which signed into law under Public Act 96-958. Through the Budgeting for Results Unit at the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), Curt directs statewide program performance analysis and cost-benefit processes to provide improved data and analysis to support the Illinois budget process. He designed and implemented the Illinois Performance Reporting System (IPRS), the State’s flagship program performance data collection system. Curt is a Commissioner and Staff Director for the Budgeting for Results Commission and serves as Staff Director for the Illinois Youth Budget Commission. Curt is a board member on both the Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Board, and the Illinois Competitiveness Council.
Curt has a master’s in political science and a graduate certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Planning from the University of Illinois Springfield. With twelve years at GOMB and previous experience with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois House of Representatives, Curt has a strong professional background in program performance evaluation and public policy
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CEO and President of Norwegian American Hospital
As President and CEO of Norwegian American Hospital, Sánchez is dedicated José R. Sánchez is President and CEO of Norwegian American Hospital. Prior to joining Norwegian American Hospital, Sánchez was the Senior Vice President of the Generations +/Northern Manhattan Health Network, one of the largest health care networks in the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Sánchez is the architect of the Urban Health Conference, an annual national forum that began in 2001. He serves as Chairman of the East Harlem Business Capital Corporation Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Boricua College in New York. In October 2009, Sánchez was named among the “Most Influential Latinos” in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. He holds a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University and has been a licensed social worker since 1979. In 2002, he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
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Jesse Elam is deputy executive director for Research, Analysis, and Programming at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), where he has worked since 2005. He oversees transportation programming, including approximately $160 million per year in grants under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Transportation Alternatives Program, and the new Surface Transportation Program Shared Fund, which he played a leading role in creating. He also manages travel demand modeling and policy development at the agency. He has been heavily involved in promoting congestion pricing and in helping develop the ON TO 2050 plan. Previously at CMAP and its predecessor the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC), he was responsible for several areas of environmental planning, including water supply and water quality planning. Occasionally he serves as adjunct faculty in environmental planning and policy. Prior to NIPC, Jesse worked in biological research and then environmental education. Jesse has a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago and bachelor's degrees in biology and in philosophy from Millsaps College.
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Anthony A. Pascente serves as Director for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS).
He is an accomplished management executive with nearly 20 years of diverse experience. Prior to joining CMS, Pascente served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the City of Chicago in the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
He joined the Office of the Mayor after serving two years as Deputy Commissioner for the City’s Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) department where he managed the fiscal, procurement, and information technology operations. Pascente prepared, executed and managed the department’s annual operating budget and procured more than $500M of goods and services while exceeding the City’s Minority and Women Owned Business participation goals.
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Executive Director of the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council
Kathy came to the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council (SPAC) in 2010 from the position of Legislative Affairs Director for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Before working for the Attorney General, Kathy did appellate and legislative work for the Office of the State Appellate Defender where she was actively involved in the negotiation and passage of death penalty reform legislation. She also had the opportunity to serve as co-director of the Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Reform (CLEAR) Commission. The CLEAR Commission drafted the statute that created SPAC and sponsored multiple bills to simplify and modernize the Illinois Criminal Code and Code of Corrections.
Kathy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1992 and moved to Springfield to begin her legal career. Prior to law school, Kathy learned everything she needed to know about the intersection of policy and politics from her work on the Washington staff of Senator Paul Simon.
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Chief Financial Officer, The Department of Natural Resources
Meta Darnell serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Fiscal Management for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Prior to joining the IDNR, she managed fiscal operations and grants for the Meat and Poultry Inspection Program at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Meta is an accomplished management executive with nearly ten years’ experience with state fiscal operations and twenty years’ experience as a banking, financial services, and accounting executive.
Meta has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Special Education from Quincy University. She is a native Chicagoan and a veteran of the US Navy who has held several positions at American Legion Post #809 where she currently serves as a member
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County Clerk and Recorder of Macoupin County
Pete Duncan is Macoupin County’s 27th County Clerk and Recorder. He was elected in 2010 at the age of 24, making him the youngest county elected official in Macoupin history and one of the youngest county officials in the history of Illinois. As Clerk, he serves as the County’s financial officer, administers all elections in the county, extends property tax rates for all county districts, serves as recorder of deeds, is the official keeper of the county’s vital records, and is the clerk of the County Board.
Upon his election, he championed open and accountable government through online access to budgetary and financial information. His efforts led to Macoupin ranking in the top ten counties of the Illinois Policy Institute’s Online Transparency Audit. He has also taken an office that was still using the same filing and storage systems dating back to 1829 and automated nearly all facets of the office. These efforts have shown concrete results by reducing costs, providing more efficient service, and increasing taxpayer satisfaction with the office.