Good Advice

Our advisors keep us smart, strategic, and honest. They share a passion for good design and a commitment to social justice.

Sharon Bush

President
Grand Victoria Foundation
Pronouns: she/hers

Sharon leads the Grand Victoria Foundation, which builds and sustains bold leadership to ensure Illinois communities are great places to live and work. She is also the board chair of Mikva Challenge, one of the top action civics organizations in the country. Sharon has a strong track record of collaboration and a proven ability to motivate individuals, influence organizations, and shape policies.

Vivianne Castillo

Founder
HmntyCntrd
Pronouns: she/hers

Vivianne leads HmntyCntrd, a professional growth community — focused on building more holistically human-centered leaders in UX & Tech through community, courses & consulting — that received a Most Innovative Design Company award from FastCompany. She is also leveraging her experiences in human services & UX to build a new business in the cannabis industry. Vivianne has a strong track record influencing executives, educating others on trauma-informed care, & empowering others to challenge the status quo.

Sylvia Garcia

Director
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Sylvia is a dynamic leader who excels at strategic problem solving and managing high pressure situations with poise, competence and a sense of humor. Most recently Sylvia led the day to day operations of the Chicago Transit Authority as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff. Prior to CTA, Sylvia spent almost a decade working for the federal government in Washington D.C., shaping policy related to housing, community development, education, labor, health and transportation.

Danielle Harbison

Danielle Harbison

Executive Director
Black Chicago Tomorrow

As the ED of Black Chicago Tomorrow, Danielle is responsible for leading the organization’s vision of creating a vibrant African American Community that benefits from and contributes to the region’s economy and society. Most recently, Harbison was an associate principal with Civic Consulting Alliance; prior to this, she served as the Chicago executive director for Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit focused on advancing health equity for young people. Harbison is a graduate of The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Era Laudermilk

Era Laudermilk

Deputy of Policy & Strategic Planning
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Era is a leader at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which protects the fundamental rights, liberties and dignity of each person whose case has been entrusted to us by providing the finest legal representation. Era is also a Chicago United for Equity Fellow where she works on various equity projects. Era has served in numerous leadership roles in criminal justice/juvenile justice reform, implementing policies that enhance positive outcomes for justice-involved people.

Eugene Robinson, Jr.

Assistant High School Director, University of Chicago Charter School
Pronouns: he/him/his

Eugene Robinson, Jr., currently serves as the Assistant High School Director of The University of Chicago Charter School (UCCS). Prior to his role at UCCS he was the Director of Postsecondary Support and Strategy for the Office of Innovation and Incubation at Chicago Public Schools, where he supported over 50+ high schools. Over the course of his professional career he has held various positions within the K-16 educational setting. Eugene earned his undergraduate degree from Chicago State University and a master’s in Social Work from the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice at The University of Chicago.

Sejal Shah-Myers

Executive Director
Springboard Foundation

Sejal Shah-Myers is the executive director of Springboard Foundation, which improves the lives of students by supporting grassroots educational afterschool programs and their intrepid leaders. She also consults with corporations on creating mission-aligned philanthropy programs for their employees. Sejal has a unique 360-degree view of philanthropy as fundraiser, grantmaker, and consultant. She has a history as a strong relationship builder and creative problem solver.

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