Gillian Darlow is Chief Executive Officer of Polk Bros. Foundation, a private independent foundation working to make Chicago a place where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Gillian is an active leader of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, sits on the boards of directors of the Chicago Public Education Fund, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, Civic Consulting Alliance and Positive Coaching Alliance, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism agency. She also served, with Kurt Summers, as the co-chair of the Mayor’s site selection task force for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Before joining the Foundation in early 2013, Gillian was a principal with the Civic Consulting Alliance where she guided numerous initiatives to transform Chicago Public Schools, tourism, workforce, and City operations and led Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first-term transition, including developing and writing his 2011 transition plan. Previously, Gillian held leadership positions with education, arts, and economic development organizations throughout the country. She is a member of the Commercial Club, the Chicago Network, and the Economic Club of Chicago.