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Chicago Urban League Announces Appointment of Officers and New Members to Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

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Chelsea Whittington
Sr. Manager, External Affairs
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Chicago Urban League Announces Appointment of Officers and New Members to Board of Directors

CHICAGO, IL, Dec. 1, 2016 – Today the Chicago Urban League announced the recent election of six new members and the appointment of two key leadership positions to the organization’s 35-member Board of Directors. The Board sets strategic direction and policy to guide the League’s work of advancing economic, educational and social progress for African Americans.

David Nichols, Principal, Advisory Services at Ernst & Young LLP, was appointed a Vice Chair of the Board, and Eric S. Smith, Market President, Chicago at Fifth Third Bank, was appointed Secretary of the Board.

Six new members who joined the board for a two-year term bring extensive operational and financial experience to the League. The new members include:

·         Charles Matthews, President and Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

·         Ina Stewart-Murray, Executive Vice President – Market Manager for Chicago Wisconsin Market, PNC Bank

·         Aletha C. Noonan,  Vice President, Higher Education Sales, CDW Government

·         Debbie S. Roberts, President, East Zone – McDonald’s USA, LLC

·         Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotel Corporation

·         Alex E. Washington, III, Managing Director, Wind Point Partners

Continuing in their roles as officers of the Board of Directors are Maria C. Green, Chair; Joseph A. Gregoire, Vice Chair; Lester H. McKeever, Jr., Vice Chair; James Reynolds, Vice Chair; John W. Rogers, Jr., Vice Chair; Stacy Sharpe, Vice Chair; Steven J. Sherman, Vice Chair; and Reginald C. Reed, Treasurer.

“We are fortunate to have a board of directors whose diversity of experience and strength of leadership are commensurate with the Chicago Urban League’s standing as a leading voice for African Americans in the city,” said Shari Runner, President and CEO. “The Board’s thought partnership is invaluable to the League as we continue to grow our programs and implement our new 10-year plan for creating a more equitable city.”

To view board member photos and bios, click here.

Please visit for a complete list of the Chicago Urban League’s board members.


About the Chicago Urban League

Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation. For more information, visit Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.