A catalyst for business growth

The Chamber Foundation coordinates educational resources, programs, and research to advance the activities of the Chamber.

Foundation initiatives allow the Chamber to collaborate with strategic partners and organizations to address key business issues, and extend the scope of our activities. These initiatives serve a diverse audience including community leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives, employees, as well as educators and students.



The Foundation was originally incorporated in 1973 as the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry Foundation. In 1998, the name was changed to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Foundation Board

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and staffed by an Executive Director. It is housed within the Chamber’s offices in the Wrigley Building.

Board Directors

Valerie Corr Hanserd

Director, Communications & External Affairs, BP America

Matthew Summy

Vice President, External & Government Affairs, Comcast, Comcast Business

Jack Lavin

President & CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce