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.
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.
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.
Director of Evaluation & Learning
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
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.
President, Consolidate Printing Company
President, Hannah's Bretzel
Managing Partner, S2G Ventures
Chairman, Chicago Impact Engine
Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Assistant Director of Grantmaking, Communities, McCormick Foundation
Consultant, Barry Bursak Consulting
President, Terracom Public Relations
President, i flanagan consulting