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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640
USA

773.271.1990

We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

Who We Are

 

The systemic and multidisciplinary nature of environmental and social justice challenges creates a special demand for professionals able to both assimilate diverse and divergent threads, and stay ahead of trends that are shaping the needs and responses of business, government, and community.

We match this challenge with a team of specialist-generalists—professionals with a depth of knowledge in a broad range of fields—and encourage and invest in their continuous growth as professionals and team members. Our Board of Directors—born of this same approach to team building—actively contributes capabilities and counsel informed by diverse disciplines, sectors, and perspectives.

 
Carlos Aldaco |    Bio   Board Member, Student

Carlos Aldaco | Bio
Board Member, Student

Dr. Sarita Bhakuni |    Bio   Board Member, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sarita Bhakuni | Bio
Board Member, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

David Garcia |    Bio   Senior Consultant, Communication & Collaboration

David Garcia | Bio
Senior Consultant, Communication & Collaboration

Lindsay James |    Bio   Board Member, Biomimicry & Sustainability Strategy

Lindsay James | Bio
Board Member, Biomimicry & Sustainability Strategy

Tim Jones-Yelvington |    Bio   Senior Consultant, Education & Equity

Tim Jones-Yelvington | Bio
Senior Consultant, Education & Equity

David Leopold |    Bio   Board Member, City Tech Collaborative

David Leopold | Bio
Board Member, City Tech Collaborative

Kristen Miles |    Bio   Associate, Administration & Operations

Kristen Miles | Bio
Associate, Administration & Operations

Peter Nicholson |    Bio   Founding Principal, Organizational Strategy & Facilitation

Peter Nicholson | Bio
Founding Principal, Organizational Strategy & Facilitation

Susanne Schnell |    Bio   Board Member, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Susanne Schnell | Bio
Board Member, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

Lanita Stevens |    Bio   Board Member, USG Corporation

Lanita Stevens | Bio
Board Member, USG Corporation

Matthew Walker |    Bio   Board Member, S2G Ventures

Matthew Walker | Bio
Board Member, S2G Ventures


 

THOUGHT LEADER FELLOWS

Since 2015, Foresight's Thought Leader Fellowship has engaged experts from our network to provide strategic input on our projects and self-initiated undertakings.

2019

Heather Smith
Heather is an adjunct professor in the Geography Department at DePaul University. Her work is centered at the intersection of urban planning, environmental justice and equity. She brings more than 20 years of experience in Chicago’s non-profit sector. Most recently as a Senior Program Officer at the Field Foundation, Heather led the Foundation’s justice portfolio, managed the foundation’s fellowship program, and directed over $1.5M per year in grants to Chicago nonprofits. She also co-chaired the Environmental Grantmakers Group at Forefront. Prior to the Field Foundation Heather served as the Planning Director for the Congress for the New Urbanism. Heather also coordinated the Metropolis Plan activities for Chicago Metropolis 2020 prior to CNU. She received an American Planning Association fellowship to foster sustainable development and planning in the United States Senate. Heather was also awarded a fellowship through the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth to advance equity and inclusion in philanthropy. Heather 's classes in DePaul University’s Geography department include street design, sustainable urban development and historical geography of Chicago and include service-learning experiences. Heather received her bachelor's degree from Macalester College in Urban Studies and Japanese including a one-year study abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo. She received her master’s in urban planning from Columbia University in the City of New York.

2018

Rebekah Levin
Director of Evaluation & Learning
Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Matthew Walker
Principal
S2G Ventures

2016-17

Susanne Schnell
Program Director
Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago

2015-16

Jonathan Boyer
Principal
Farr Associates

 

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Our Advisory Committee consists of leading professionals who regularly offer their expertise and insights in support of our projects; *many have previously served on the Board of Directors.

Marilyn Jones*
President, Consolidate Printing Company

Burt Klein*
President, PortionPac

Florian Pfahler*
President, Hannah's Bretzel

Chuck Templeton
Managing Partner, S2G Ventures
Chairman, Chicago Impact Engine

Karen Hobbs
Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Molly Baltman
Assistant Director of Grantmaking, Communities, McCormick Foundation

Barry Bursak*
Consultant, Barry Bursak Consulting

Christine Esposito*
President, Terracom Public Relations

Ilsa Flanagan*
President, i flanagan consulting