Civic Leadership Foundation

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Civic Leadership Foundation provides advice on key strategic programmatic, operations and development issues facing the organization. The Advisory Board meets quarterly and members may also attend events open to the Governing Board. If you are interested in finding out more about the Advisory Board please fill out this interest form here.

Advisory Board

  • Jennifer Axelrod, Ph.D.

    Jennifer Axelrod is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Dr. Axelrod has extensive experience partnering with policymakers, researchers, clinicians, school leaders, and community based organizations. At Chapin Hall, Dr. Axelrod is leveraging her experience in large public systems to work with federal, state, and local agency leadership to best leverage partnerships with private agencies. Dr. Axelrod is also working to support private agencies, both individually and collectively, in the use of data to support continuous quality improvement processes with a focus on improving outcomes for families and children at each developmental stage.

    Prior to joining Chapin Hall in the summer of 2014, Dr. Axelrod was most recently the Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services at the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) where she designed and supervised the implementation of the City’s youth services and related funding strategies. Before joining the DFSS, Dr. Axelrod worked for Chicago Public Schools, where she oversaw the implementation of centrally-funded afterschool programming, and helped lead implementation of evidence-based behavioral health strategies and practices and other school improvement initiatives

    Dr. Axelrod has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia, a Master’s of Education in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Williams College.


  • Richard Basofin

    Richard Basofin is the founder and principal of The Basofin Group established to provide advice and assistance to nonprofit organizations. Prior to forming The Basofin Group, Rich worked for Hewitt Associates, one of the largest global providers of human resources consulting services.  He also served as CFO of Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center. Mr. Basofin currently serves as a board member of the City Lit Theater Company, Victories of the Heart, the Cancer Wellness Center, and the Highland Park Public Library.  He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of Family Service of Lake County. 

    Mr. Basofin holds a BA from the University of Illinois, an MAS from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Daniel Biss

    State Senator Daniel Biss is a full-time legislator representing Illinois's 9th District. Senator Biss is a former University of Chicago math professor who holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

    Senator Biss served one term in the House before his election to the Senate. He resides in Evanston with his wife, Karin, and their children, Elliot and Theodore.

  • Les Bond

    Mr. Bond is Chief Executive Officer of Attucks Asset Management, LLC, an independent Manager-of-Emerging Managers that concentrates on creating multi-manager portfolios in U.S. equity, international equity, fixed income and hedge fund-of-funds space. Mr. Bond is responsible for the overall management of Attucks, new product and new business development. Mr. Bond has 29 years of investment management experience and has 20 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur. 

    Mr. Bond received an AB degree from Princeton University as a Woodrow Wilson School Scholar in 1979. He received an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a JD from Northwestern University. Mr. Bond is the immediate past Chair of the National Association of Securities Professionals and is a current member of the Board and the Executive Committee.  Mr. Bond is currently serving as a member of the Chicago City Plan Commission.

  • Cliff Bregstone

    Cliff Bregstone is chairman of CBI Fulfillment Services with offices in Lincolnshire and Houston. He and his wife of 50 years have mentored underserved kids during their entire time together. Some of these relationships are for over 25 years. Presently he mentors 10 young people. Mr. Bregstone started College Bound Opportunities 10 years ago are now there are over over 230 CBO scholars. CBO provides low income high school students from Lake Forest, Highland Park Deerfield and Cristo Rey in Waukegan financial aid and Mentoring. 95% of CBO scholars graduate four year colleges.

    He has served on the board of Teen Living that provides housing and help for homeless teen agers. He has served on the advisory board of the Lake County Community service and is starting a new non-profit called Community to Career to service Epic Academy on the south side of Chicago.

  • Charles Hardwick

    Charles Hardwick has been a voice for the prison reentry and workforce development community since 2002. Hardwick gained a city-wide reputation of offering employment-related services to ex-offenders when he started out in the nonprofit industry as a Placement Specialist, progressing to Case Manager and eventually Manager of Howard Area Community Center’s Employment Resource Center. At the same time, he was named Director of Community Support Advisory Council North. During his seven years as Director of CSAC North, Charles Hardwick built a coalition of community stakeholders to support the reentry community on Chicago’s North Side, including state senators and representatives, congressman, and the 49th Ward Alderman. As Manager of HACC’s Employment Resource Center, Charles Hardwick has spent the past eight years strengthening HACC’s relationships with Illinois Department of Corrections, Cook County Jail, the City of Chicago Department of Family Support Services, the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership, and Chicago Jobs Council. Hardwick has dedicated his life to changing mainstream society’s perception of low-income and disenfranchised individuals, and continues to engage with the community at every level.  He serves as Board member for Counseling First, a drug rehabilitative service and facilitates his proprietary job-readiness workshop, Fresh Start. In his free time, Charles Hardwick enjoys watching documentaries, traveling, and spending quality time with good friends, his four grown children, and his grandchildren.

  • John May

    John May is an analyst and a member of the Research Team for Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. He is responsible for both internal and external communications, including information flow between the Investment Team and the Global Client Relationship Team as well as creating customized client solutions. He also assists in the coordination of the Research process.  Preceding this role, he was a member of the Marketing & Communications Team, primarily responsible for responding to request for proposals, routine consultant updates and maintaining consultant databases. Prior to joining Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. in 2013, John was a banking and brokerage consultant at FactSet Research Systems. He received a B.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Iowa.

  • Karen Monkman, Ph.D.

    Karen Monkman is a professor in Educational Policy Studies at DePaul University, where she directs the master’s program in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education. She has been a visiting scholar at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and recently conducted research related to girls’ education in Cambodia. She is co-editor of Globalization and Education: Integration and Contestation across Cultures (2nd edition, 2014). 

    Dr. Monkman earned a BA from Goddard College, an MA in International Education from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MA in Sociology and a PhD in International/Intercultural Education from the University of Southern California.

  • Hubert Morgan

    Hubert Morgan is the founder of Stanhope Consulting Corporation. He has 36 years of experience in regional and long-range planning, working for 30 years with the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC) and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). As a consultant, he concentrates on civic democracy, with a focus on public participation. Mr. Morgan specializes in reaching out to all demographics, especially those that have been historically underrepresented or disenfranchised in traditional planning processes. He is recognized throughout the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region for his work on managing the NIPC 2040 Regional Framework Plan, the CMAP GoTo2040 and the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission’s 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan’s public engagement processes, all three receiving the American Planning Association National Plan Awards.

  • Adrienne Scherenzel-Curry

    Adrienne Scherenzel-Curry has 12 years of experience in education administration. She is currently the Chief Program Officer at After School Matters in Chicago. She is responsible for the oversight of the Program Department and implementing 24,000 after school opportunities for Chicago Public School teens across the city. Previous to After School Matters, she worked for the Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia. She graduated from Syracuse University, earning her BS in Psychology. She earned her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Rosalind Franklin University where she was also an Albert Schweitzer Public Health Fellow.

  • Onnie Scheyer

    Onnie Scheyer is a Grant Development Consultant, providing counsel and expertise to non-profit organizations across the metropolitan Chicago area. With a focus on education, social services and the arts, Ms. Scheyer has been assisting organizations expand their funding bases through effective donor research and grant proposal construction since 2008. Ms. Scheyer's earlier professional work was in arts management, but her two-term position on the New Trier High School Board of Education awakened her to the great need for quality grant management and her ability to contribute to the field through research and writing for organizations that do not have sufficient infrastructure or resources to maintain full-time grant professionals on their staffs. In the last eight years, she has worked with a number of non-profit organizations, many of whom continue to retain her services on an as-needed basis, as well as one long-term client. Most recently, Ms. Scheyer has entered into a partnership with an independent consultant who specializes in capital campaigns. Through this partnership, she will continue to hone her writing skills as well as assist organizations in conducting needs assessments, feasibility studies, and other tasks associated with developing and facilitating capital campaigns. She and her husband Steven live in Glencoe, where they raised three children. They enjoy travel, cooking, the arts, and exercise.

  • Brad Schneider

    Brad Schneider represents the 10th District of Illinois in the 113th Congress. Before serving in Congress, he had a career in business that spanned more than two decades. He primarily worked as a management consultant helping family owned businesses with strategic planning and succession management.

    Mr. Schneider has deep roots and a long record of dedicated service in and for the community. Among his many commitments, he has been very active with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as serving on the board of American Jewish Committee. For four years, Brad served as the chair of the Chicago Alliance of Latinos and Jews.

    Mr. Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1983 and his MBA from Northwestern in 1988.

  • Eric Siegel, CPA, CFA

    Eric Siegel is a senior managing director for Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., and a member of the investment and executive committees. He is responsible for the operational due diligence reviews of managers and participates in portfolio analysis and ongoing manager monitoring. Prior to joining Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. in 2001, he was the chief financial officer of two Chicago-based hedge funds. Mr. Siegel also worked in the audit department of Ernst & Young LLP focusing on hedge funds, mutual funds and derivative trading companies.  He received a B.S. cum laude in accounting from Syracuse University. In addition, Mr. Siegel is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

  • Robert R. Worobow

    Robert Worobow has spent over 30 years in the human resource function focusing on the achievement of financial and operational objectives as part of the senior management team. He is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer at CHP International. Prior to starting his own HR consulting business in 2006, Mr. Worobow was the Corporate Vice President, Human Resources for Trustmark Insurance Company in Lake Forest and before that was the Corporate Vice President, Human Resources for Quill Corporation in Lincolnshire. He currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Boards of Family Service in Highland Park and Triton College Business Department in River Grove.

    Mr. Worobow grew up on the south side of Chicago is married and has two children. He has a MBA in marketing from Northern Illinois University and BS in personnel management from Drake University.

  • Nancy Hoyt, M.A.

    Nancy Hoyt has worked in the field of education in a number of capacities.  She has worked directly with students as Vice Principal of Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, and as a high school Psychology teacher, advisor, and counselling psychologist.  She works with inner-city, high school students in public, parochial, and charter schools in Chicago.

    Nancy has been a member of many educational institutions’ strategic planning committees, including Our Lady of Tepeyac High School in Chicago, Trevor Day School, Sarah Lawrence College, and the School of the Visual Arts in New York.  When she moved from New York City to Chicago, she joined the Curriculum Committee of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago during the charter award process.  She also joined the Board of Trustees of High Jump, an enrichment program for underserved middle school students.

    Nancy received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.