Our Alumni


At Civic Consulting Alliance, we bring together and develop leaders across all sectors to get big things done for Chicago. Our impact extends beyond the outcomes of our projects—it is multiplied by the leaders who grow by working with us. Alumni include:

Christina Anderson
Director, Office of Reform Management
Chicago Police Department

Brian Battle
Assistant to the Chairman
GVW Group 

Lincoln Chandler
Founder, President
Chandler Decision Services, LLC 

Daniel Comeaux
MPP Candidate
Harvard Kennedy School of Government 

Gillian Darlow
Chief Executive Officer
Polk Bros. Foundation 

Carla Esteva
Area President, North Florida
US Foods 

Leslie Glotzer
MBA Candidate
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Allyson Laackman
Executive Director
Burlington Housing Authority 

Marie Lynch
President & CEO
Skills for Chicagoland’s Future 

Tom McKone
Chief Administrative Officer
Chicago Transit Authority

Kelly Weis-Ruppel
Chief Financial Officer
Madison Metropolitan School District 

Haley Sonenthal
MBA Candidate
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Owen Washburn
Vice President of Global Philanthropy
JPMorgan Chase

Sara Wasserteil
Managing Director of Expansion and Integration

Incubating Civic Leaders

Our impact extends beyond the outcomes we accomplish in our platforms – it is multiplied by the leaders who grow through working with us. Individuals in our partners’ pro bono teams and those who work in-house at Civic Consulting Alliance work closely with high-level public and private sector officials to form a deep understanding of the most important issues of the day and develop plans to address them. Because of our unique scope and access, we are an incubator for Chicago’s next generation of leaders.

This is more than valuable experience – it often inspires a lifelong passion for service that impacts Chicago long past the end of an individual project. Our alumni go on to do big things. Some become leaders in the public, nonprofit, or for-profit sectors. Others return to their firms and leverage their experience to move upward. Still others go on to the most prestigious graduate programs in the country.


"At Civic Consulting Alliance, you can have an impact on the place that you live, applying your skillset to address some of the most complex challenges facing Chicago. You see it, you live it. I think that can be regenerating and refreshing for people. It's an incredible learning experience."

- Gillian Darlow,
Chief Executive Officer, Polk Bros. Foundation


"Civic Consulting Alliance brings together talented people with a wide-range of backgrounds to make Chicago a better place. My time at Civic Consulting Alliance deepened my understanding of Chicago’s civic landscape, and strengthened my belief in the value of collaboration to drive social change.”

Owen Washburn,
Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase


“Civic Consulting Alliance provided opportunities to apply what I’ve learned - in the corporate world, and academia - to make the city better."

Lincoln Chandler,
Founder, President, Chandler Decision Services, LLC