Yasmeen is a Staff Accountant at the Chamber. Her responsibilities include entering journal entries, processing receipts and deposits, reconciliations, and preparing report filings. She graduated from Benedictine University in May 2018 with a BBA in Accounting. Yasmeen used to live in the Middle East and speaks both English and Arabic. For fun, she likes to go to the movies and hang out with her family.
As Senior Director, Business Analytics, Kelly is responsible for managing the Chamber’s IT solutions and using the extracted data to assist and collaborate with other departments in driving business decisions and strategy recommendations. She enjoys traveling, music, movies, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Othello helped run his family owned businesses from a very young age until his late twenties. Since then, he has helped run other small businesses, earned his Bachelor’s degree at DeVry Institute of Technology, and worked as an Engineer for Argonne National Lab and as a data scientist for Mitsubishi Electric Automation. As a SBDC Small Business Advisor, founder and CEO in the data analytics space, Othello is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and businesses, big or small, within the various communities to strategically plan and improve their approach to the market.
Energized by her experience in business, marketing and development, Stacey comes to the Chamber with a passion for helping entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive. Through individual advising, programs and community outreach, Stacey works to elevate and bring awareness to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Stacey earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Management and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Benedictine University. She is a small business owner and always takes a creative approach to her endeavors, both personally and professionally.
Amanda develops, tracks and reports on the marketing efforts of the Chamber to ensure information is accessible and a true resource to our members. She is a proud University of Michigan alum (Go Blue!) and has work experience with corporate, retail, and Chamber marketing. Recently new to Chicago, Amanda enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband and walking her border collie around the city. She loves spending her free time baking in the kitchen, playing piano, boating and traveling to new places.
As the Chamber’s Associate, Membership Resources, Sarah supports and assists the membership team in list management and data reporting. She works with all departments to help increase the success of membership recruitment and enhance the overall member experience. She enjoys traveling and movies and on the weekends you can find Sarah exploring the city with family and friends.
Margaret Rose Keating is the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she is an avid reader, and loves a bit of the theatrical.
As Manager, Member Engagement, Erin loves connecting with Members. She has a strong background in hospitality sales and is passionate about entrepreneurship and small business. When not working, she can be found in the yoga studio or making jewelry!
As the Chamber’s coordinator of events, Alex assists in the planning of the yearly Chamber event calendar for all Programs, Forums, and Signature Events. She studied Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, and began her career first in Chicago’s 41st ward as an aldermanic intern, following as an associate with the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce. Although a north sider, Alex will forever be a devout White Sox fan. She is also a massive concert enthusiast and can be found most weekends at one of Chicago’s countless music venues.
As the Board Relations Coordinator for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Karyn is responsible for projects including Chamber Connect and the Emerging Leaders. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Steppenwolf Theatre, where she managed the Steppenwolf Associates, wrote grants, and developed fundraising events. Karyn holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, where she studied Theatre and Sociology. A creative thinker and lifelong learner, Karyn’s favorite pastimes include listening to podcasts, traveling, and trying new recipes with her husband.
An experienced networker with a background in entrepreneurship, Eva is responsible for developing membership and providing our Chamber members with strategies to successfully leverage their involvement and grow their business. Eva is a compulsive reader, has a passion for cycling and will try anything new (within reason).
Michelle manages the planning of the yearly Chamber Event Calendar for all events. She studied Finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and moved on to work in a non-profit managing special events and fundraising campaigns. In her free time she enjoys cooking with her husband, baking sweet treats and finding new ways to stay active whether it’s yoga, kickboxing or taking a jog through her neighborhood.
Amelia Salter is the Director of Programs at the Chamber. Over her career, Amelia has worked on collaborative projects with startups, nonprofits, government and corporate partners in the U.S., India, and Australia. Prior to joining our team, she was the Assistant Director for Economic Development & Innovation for the University of Illinois System, where she developed initiatives to drive economic development and connect Illinois-based corporate, community and university stakeholders.
Amelia holds a BA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA with a concentration in International Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, and running.
Danielle is Manager of Government Relations at the Chamber. She is responsible for engaging members through Public Policy Committees, Councils, and Forums, and identifying new engagement opportunities that will ensure a greater ROI to members, including visibility for the member company and its leadership, and an exciting opportunity to impact their industry in Chicagoland and beyond.
Danielle earned both her BA in Political Science & Legal Studies and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Danielle spends her spare time working out, traveling, and volunteering.
Michael is the Chamber’s Senior Director of Corporate Relations, and an expert in startups and technology. He’s been a partner, investor or advisor in nine startup ventures. He also co-founded and served as President of The Chicago Leadership Alliance, a non-profit that connects and empowers emerging leaders of the millennial generation to launch social-impact initiatives and meet civic, networking and philanthropic goals.
Michael was born in the Chicago area and his family hosted 40+ foster siblings during his childhood. He received his BA in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his law degree and MBA from Loyola University Chicago, passing the Illinois bar in 2013.
Jill received her Bachelors and MBA from St. Xavier University. She is responsible for preparing the monthly financial statements, audit and tax preparation, and payroll and employee benefits. She enjoys shopping, baking and spending time with her family.