Staff

Scott Issen

President & CEO

Nick Prestemon

Chief of Staff

Katie Sowa

Senior Director, Startups

Dyvon Melling

Community Engagement Lead

Salvador Dueñas

Senior Instructor &
Program Associate

Christina Marshall-Valdez

Special Projects Lead

Reza Barissi

Instructor

Tom Caprel

Entrepreneur in Residence

Dr. Carol Collum

Instructor

Shaniqua Davis

Instructor

Aaron Gillum

Entrepreneur in Residence

Marc Grens

Entrepreneur in Residence

Brittany Hogan

Instructor

Pablo Mitre

Instructor

Johnny Perkins

Instructor

Jasmine Shells

Senior Instructor

Susan Silver

Entrepreneur in Residence

Tomer Yogev

Entrepreneur in Residence

Board of Directors

Brad Keywell (Chairman)

Co-Founder and CEO

Uptake Technologies

Maria Burud

President

Zanon Group

Karl Darin

Managing Director

Accenture

Shep Dunlap

Vice President, Investor Relations

Mondelēz International

Matthew Goldfine

Head of Programs & Production

Google

Mark Hoyt

CFO

VASCO Data Security

Phyllis Lockett

CEO

LEAP Innovations

James O’Connor, Jr.

Managing Director and Global Head of Venture Capital

William Blair & Company

William Ridgway

Counsel

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Kevin Willer

Co-Founder & Partner

Chicago Ventures

Scott Issen

President & CEO

Future Founders

Entrepreneurial Champions

Ryan Butman

Partner, Transaction Advisory

EY

Candace Dixon

Relationship Manager

Accenture

Jon Hennessy

Director

John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation

Tom Klehr

Senior Vice President - Division Manager

First Midwest Bank

Ryan Page

Head of Design - Senior Director, Card Partnerships

Capital One

Jackie Schwartz

Marketing Communications Manager

Baxter International

Tyler Zittergruen

Principal

PJT Partners