Chicago Chapter

Over the past seven years, Blessings in a Backpack has grown in the Greater Chicago region from providing weekend food for 1,470 students to more than 5,850 students. But, this is just a starting point. With more than 290,000 children facing food insecurity in the area, we need to do more.

With the help of community leaders like you, Blessings in a Backpack has launched a Chicago Chapter. This chapter, in partnership with the national organization and under the direction of a regional advisory board and a managing director, will drive scalable growth to feed 10,000 children on the weekends throughout the school year by 2023!

Over the past 10 years, Blessings has grown mostly through word-of-mouth. We are now at the point in our maturity to drive growth in targeted regions like Chicago. Our experience from other markets in which we have launched staff-driven chapters, paired with insights from a pro bono project with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Social Enterprise, has resulted in best practices and a replicable chapter development model. We are excited to be using this model in the Chicago region to drive scalable, sustainable growth.

Who will feed the kids this weekend?

Together, we will!

Meet Our Advisory Board

colleen bohn

Colleen Bohn
Advisory Board Co-Chair
Strategy Consultant

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Kristine Prugh
Advisory Board Co-Chair
College Engine

Adi Agrawal

Adi Agrawal

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Maribeth Cleary
Patient Point

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Tracy Lampert
Zurich North America

marilyn lissner

Marilyn I. Lissner
Cushman and Wakefield

chad lusk

Chad Lusk
Hostess Brands

mike noel

Michael A. Noel
Mauser Packaging Solutions

Barbara Philibert

Barbara Philibert
The Heico Companies

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Scott Whicker

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Edward Briscoe
Managing Director, Chicago Chapter
Blessings in a Backpack

Meet Our Associates Board


Fanny Tan Bacon
Northern Trust


Kayla Brackett
CIVC Partners

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Brandon Coan

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Joanne Dutra

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Lexi Fink
Plante Moran

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Celine Fitzgerald
Webb & O’Neil Capital

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Kimberly Flanagan


Parmita Gandhi

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Tim Hennessey
TXX Company

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Katie McLean, Inc.

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Katherine Morse

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Jacque Ramsey

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Sunita Tendulkar
Intelligent Medical Objects

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Lauran Urban


Elizabeth Watson
Alexander Group

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Wei Yu
Booth Hansen Architects