GCI Advisors

Supporting its commitment to inter-disciplinary and multi-community engaged research, GCI convenes GCI Advisors, an advisory council that links GCI’s work to the rest of the university, the non-profit, civic, cultural worlds, with the public and private sectors. GCI Advisors meets quarterly to discuss pressing issues facing the region, get a first-glance at new cutting edge research, ensure GCI’s 360 degree focus on fulsome engagement of multiple audiences, as well as review and evaluate the Institute’s work.

Current GCI Advisors

Jennifer Arwade, Executive Director, Communities United

Lawrence Benito, Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Deborah E. Bennett, Senior Program Officer, Polk Brothers Foundation

John Bouman, President, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Gloria Castillo, President and CEO, Chicago United

David Doig, President, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

Victor Dickson, President and CEO, Safer Foundation

Ricardo Estrada, President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services

Sunny Fischer, Board Chair, National Public Housing Museum

Sol A. Flores, Founding Executive Director, La Casa Norte

Mari Gallagher, Principal, Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group

Jesús Chuy García, Commissioner, 7th District, Cook County Board of Commissioners

Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund of Chicago

Maria Kim, President and CEO, The Cara Program

Gabrielle Lyon, Vice President of Education and Experiences,Chicago Architecture Foundation

Rami Nashashibi, Executive Director, Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Darlene Oliver, Executive Director, Public Allies Chicago

Sylvia Puente, Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

Susan Smith Richardson, Editor and Publisher, Chicago Reporter

Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

Andrea Zopp, CEO, World Business Chicago