Four members added to Obama Foundation’s board of directors

By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

Four new members were added to the Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors, according to a public announcement made on Friday, Nov. 3.

Penny Pritzker, former Secretary of Commerce and Founder and Chairman of PSP Capital; Glenn Hutchins, Co-Founder of North Island and Co-Founder of Silver Lake; Dr. Mahalia Hines, Board President of the Common Ground Foundation; and Juan Salgado, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago are the new additions the board.

The new directors will assist the foundation in its ongoing commitment to civic and community engagement.

“The Board of Directors, who serve in a voluntary capacity, will help the Obama Foundation with its mission to identify, inspire, and train the next generation of civic leaders to make the positive change needed to strengthen Chicago communities and communities across the country,” said the foundation in a written statement.

The New members will join current members John Doerr, Thelma Golden, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, David Plouffe, J. Kevin Poorman, John Rogers, Michael Sacks, Julianna Smoot, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and Robert Wolf. Marty Nesbitt is the Chairman of the Board.

“Over the last two years, the Obama Foundation has put together a diverse and talented team to fulfill an ambitious agenda – from unveiling the initial site plan of the Obama Presidential Center to rolling out the first of our programming initiatives and events,” Nesbitt, said in a written statement. “Penny, Glenn, Mahalia and Juan will be a major asset to the Obama Foundation Board of Directors. I look forward to working with them and our entire Board as we look to create an institution that achieves President and Mrs. Obama’s vision of identifying and training the next generation of civic leaders.”

Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist. She served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama administration from June 2013 to January 2017.

Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Hutchins is a co-founder of North Island and a co-founder of Silver Lake. He is a director of AT&T; a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; vice chairman of both the Brookings Institution and the Economic Club of New York; a board member of the Obama Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Hutchins obtained an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Hines is the board president of the Common Ground Foundation, which a non-profit youth mentoring program co-founded with her son, Common who is an Academy Award-winning artist.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to the Chicago Board of Education in 2011, she worked in education for more than 35 years as a teacher and principal.

Hines received her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, a Master’s from Northeastern University and an undergraduate degree from Central State University.

Salgado was appointed City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor this year.

From 2001 to 2017, Salgado served as CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino. In his role as CEO Salgado assisted residents on Chicago’s Southwest Side through education, citizenship, and skill-building programs.

Salgado earned an associate’s degree from Moraine Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

t.hill@hpherald.com