Our Structure


The Board’s members and its Executive Director are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  Board members serve staggered 4 year terms without pay and  can be removed only for cause, with the written approval of remaining Board members.  The Board meets monthly and is staffed by eight full-time employees, including its Executive Director. 


The Board currently has a full complement of 7 members:


William F. Conlon  (2017) Chair

Appointed to the Board and named by Mayor Emanuel as Chair in October 2016, Mr Conlon is senior counsel in the Chicago off of the law firm Sidley Austin LLP.  Prior to joining the firm, Bill was an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, and was involved in criminal investigations and prosecutions and the trial and appeal of a wide variety of civil cases.  He also served as Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office, and as the Chair of the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board from 1992-1997, as a member and Chair of the Illinois State Board of Ethics from 1982-1988, and as a member of the Chicago Police Board from 2011-2016.


Zaid Abdul-Aleem (2018)

Managing Director, Moelis & Co.

Appointed to the Board in 2015, Zaid Abdul-Aleem is a Managing Director at the international finance firm Moelis & Co., and has worked in international finance since 1996.  He earned his B.A. and M.A. (in history) from Duke University, and graduated from the Next Generation Executive Program for the Harvard Business School.


Nancy C. Andrade (2017)

Appointed to the Board in July 2016, Ms. Andrade, an attorney, is the Lead Counsel for the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities for the American Bar Association in Chicago.  She received her B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago and her J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1993.


Stephen Beard  (2020) 

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary to the Board, Heidrick & Struggles

Stephen Beard joined Heidrick & Struggles in 2003 as assistant general counsel. In 2006, Beard became Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, and has held the position of Executive Vice President since 2010. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Beard worked with Schiff Hardin, LLP, in Chicago where he was a member of the firm’s corporate and securities practice group, representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities and corporate governance matters. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Frank Sullivan, Jr., Associate Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Beard was named a 2010 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and included in Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2011 list of Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executives. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana and a juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.


David Daskal (2020)

Account Executive, The Jellyvision Lab, Inc.

Appointed to the Board in October 2017, Mr. Daskal, a graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law, has worked with Jellyvision, a software firm, since 2010.  Prior to that, he served as Director of Correspondence in the Office of Former Mayor Richard M. Daley, as the Circulation Manager for Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law’s Library, and practiced both as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Brooklyn, NY, and as a commercial litigator in private practice in Chicago.



Daisy Lezama  (2018)

Interim Director of Policy Implementation, Community and Economic Development Association

Born in Honduras, Daisy Lezama immigrated to the United States and earned an undergraduate degree in education, a master’s degree in educational leadership and a doctoral degree in ministry.  Daisy currently works at the National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) as an Assistant Director.  Previously, she served as the Director of Youth and Family Development Programs at Aspira, Inc. of Illinois, and at the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) of Cook County as Interim Director of Policy Implementation for Head Start. Previous to that, Dr. Lezama worked at City Colleges of Chicago and at the Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services, and also serves as one of the founding board members for the Chicago Pre-College and Engineering Program.


Mary Trout Carr  (2019)

Mary Trout Carr, PhD is a distinguished pastor, theologian, educator and published author. She has over 30 years of ministry and teaching experience with a focus on youth and young adults in underserved communities. Dr. Carr is the author of numerous scholarly works and her own book, “It Ain’t That Kind of Love”. She earned her undergraduate degree from Governors State University, masters degrees from theology schools at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School.





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