Claire Rice, Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois
Prior to joining Arts Alliance Illinois, Claire was national director of Harvard University’s Sustain Arts project, an innovative data platform designed to build the capacity of the arts ecosystem in various cities around the country. Through this work, Claire has built a wide network of arts stakeholders and a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the arts sector locally and nationally.
Claire’s 18 years of experience in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors also includesmanagement and production at the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan; managing a Royal Shakespeare Company residency and a Grammy Award winning concert recording were among her accomplishments before she began a three-year term as UMS interim director of education and community engagement. In this role, she worked to build context around and connection to the arts for a wide variety of audiences.
A graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the College of William and Mary, with a degree in public policy, Claire began her professional career as a management consultant with Accenture. She is a frequent grant review panelist and conference speaker and serves on the board of Chicago’s touring puppet theater company Blair Thomas & Company, and of the Neutral Zone Teen Center in Ann Arbor.
Heather Hutchison, Executive Director, Unity Temple Restoration Foundation (UTRF)
Immediately before joining UTRF, Heather was a full-time consultant with The Garden Conservancy, serving in the role of vice president for development and communications. Her previous roles include executive vice president, fund development, at Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin, and chief development officer and president of the foundation for Advocate Health Care.
In both of these roles she led highly-successful comprehensive and capital campaigns, in addition to managing the organizations’ development staff and full range of fundraising efforts. Earlier in her career, Heeather was Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke Medical Center’s director of development.
Heather has served on the boards of numerous Chicago-area not-for-profits and has been a frequent speaker and advisor on fundraising matters locally and nationally. In addition to her B.S. degree from Iowa State University, Ms. Hutchison holds a J.D. degree from IIT’s Kent College of Law.
Sujata, President/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women
Sujata brings strong leadership, management, fundraising, and foundation experience to the Chicago Foundation for Women. Sujata was previously program director at the Eleanor Foundation, has been executive director of Apna Ghar, a domestic violence agency serving Chicago’s Asian community, and has had key roles at Chicago Continuum of Care (now Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness) and Interfaith Housing Development Corporation. She has been a board member of Deborah’s Place, the Resource Center, and Crossroads Fund, co-chair of the Asian Giving Circle, and a 2009 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. She is director of the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute.
Kerri Forrest, Director, Lowcountry Program, for the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (GDDF)
Kerri comes to GDDF from the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC, where she was director of institutional advancement, and from the Speedwell Foundation, where she served as a consultant. Kerri has also taught fundraising for the arts at the College of Charleston, and served as a consultant to the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Before returning to her native Charleston, Kerri worked in national TV news production in Washington, D.C., serving at various times as a producer for the NBC News White House Unit and as a senior producer for MSNBC and the CBS News’ Early Show.Kerri is a board member of the YWCA of Greater Charleston, chairs the TedX Charleston speaker selection committee, and has been active with the Friends of the Lowcountry Low Line and Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Project..
Kerri, who will be based in the foundation’s Charleston office, holds an MA from American University and a BA in biological sciences from Clemson University.
Dan Bartholomay, Executive Director, for Rail-Volution
Before joining Rail~Volution, Dan held leadership positions in foundation, government, and community not-for-profit settings. He has been Commissioner and CEO at the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; director, Region and Communities & International Programs, at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis; and executive director of North End Area Revitalization (NEAR) in St. Paul.
At the foundation, Dan worked with the Center for Transit Oriented Development to help the Twin Cities region envision transit investments as a catalyst for community livability and helped create the Transportation and Affordability Index; he also created and served as founding co‐chair of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. Mr. Bartholomay is a member of the Itasca Project Steering Committee, a civic leadership group of top CEO’s whose transportation task force helped increase state and county funding for transit and has been active with the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
Kim Riordan Van Horn, Senior Program Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, for The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Before joining the Angell Family Foundation, Kim was program officer at the Field Foundation of Illinois where her grantmaking focused on urban poverty, the environment, human services, and economic and community development. She was also responsible for the foundation’s internship program. Before joining the Field Foundation in 2002, Kim served for seven years as co-director of the Chicago Abused Women’s Coalition’s groundbreaking Hospital Crisis Intervention Project at Cook County Hospital.
Kim has co-chaired the Donors Forum’s Environmental Grantmakers Group, has served on the board of Chicago Women in Philanthropy, and is a member of the Chicago Domestic Violence Advisory Council. Early in her career, she held several positions at the University of Chicago’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies during the first years of the school’s existence.