The next generation of Great Lakes leaders in the Chicago area joined together to give back to the lakes.

Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Young Professional Council aims to engage the next generation of Great Lakes philanthropists and enthusiasts. The flagship council began in Chicago in 2016, and is currently expanding and developing chapters in other Great Lakes cities. Council members are chosen for their leadership and organizational skills, as well as a desire to make a tangible, positive difference in their community and the Great Lakes.


Current Members

Andrew Adair Keara Fanning Mila Kellen Marshall
Alison Anastasio Glenda Gonzalez Steven Navas
Brian Arnoldt Katie Hanson (co-chair) Timothy Oravec
Claire Bansberg Ian Hughes Manny Ozaeta
Paige Bonk Kari Irwin Otteburn Matt Renfree
Ned Bothfeld Ian Jacobson Dan Sloboda
Sandy Carter (co-chair) Chad Kruse Chad Solberg
Beau D’Arcy David Kurczewski Melissa Speaker
Elora Ditton Katie Levin Ross Swanson
Sarah Edwards Nicole Machucha Sarah Weaver


The next Alliance for the Great Lakes Young Professional Council will be in Cleveland. Applications are now open. Please email Destinee Henton with any questions.

We’re always looking to connect with potential members, so don’t hesitate to contact us regarding your interest or any questions you may have or check out the Young Professional Council’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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