Our Team

Our Team

Polk Bros. Foundation’s staff and board have deep roots in Chicago’s communities. We work to bring diverse perspectives. We share a profound respect for the expertise of our nonprofit partners. And we are committed to working together toward a vision of Chicago where all people can reach their full potential.

Foundation Staff

Gillian Darlow

Chief Executive Officer


Evette M. Cardona

Vice President of Programs


Amy W. Hill

Vice President of Investments and Administration


JC Aevaliotis

Program Officer


Nestor Avendaño

Grants Manager


Deborah E. Bennett

Senior Program Officer


Sean Higgins

Executive Assistant


Suzanne Doornbos Kerbow

Program Director for Education


Tracy Kremer

Director of Communication


Kim Nguyen

Program Assistant


Debbie Reznick

Senior Program Officer


Janet Ward

Controller


Board of Directors

Sandra P. Guthman

Chair


Raymond F. Simon

Vice Chair


Cherryl T. Thomas

Secretary


Howard J. Polk

Treasurer


Elizabeth H. Connelly

Director


Mary A. Dempsey

Director


Nancy Lewis

Director


David Snyder

Director


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