Chicago Foundation for Women Elects Five New Board Members
June 29 2018

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is pleased to announce the election of five new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are James L. Alexander, Joan Trueheart Bacon, Regina Cross, Kathleen McDonald and Michael Narciso, effective July 1.

“Our new board members bring with them diverse backgrounds from across Chicago’s business and nonprofit sectors, and are ready to put their expertise to work solving the most pressing issues facing women and girls in our region,” CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. “I would like to thank outgoing board members Nick Brunick, Ginny Holt, Jennifer Steans, Courtney VanLonkhuyzen Welton and past chair Wendy White Eagle for their service and leadership in helping guide Chicago Foundation for Women over the years, and their steadfast commitment to the women and girls of our region.”

James L. Alexander is a principal at Alexander & Alexander, specializing in estate planning and nonprofit law. He previously served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. Alexander is currently a Vice President of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chair Emeritus of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Chicago History Museum, and a member of the advisory council for the Illinois Justice Project. Alexander received an M.A. in History from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Joan Trueheart Bacon has been a CFW supporter for more than a decade as a member of the Program Committee Grantmaking Subcommittee and the North Shore Giving Circle, where she leads the circle’s Grantmaking Subcommittee. Bacon has 15 years of experience in marketing communications and advertising for book and magazine publishers and a media information company. She has a longstanding interest in social justice issues, volunteering with a number of nonprofit organizations, including A Just Harvest and Family Promise, organizations that address food and housing insecurity. Bacon was raised in Evanston and holds a B.A. in English from Lawrence University.

Regina Cross leads a team within Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division, creating and managing customized portfolios for families, corporate executives, foundations and endowments. Cross currently serves on Chicago Foundation for Women’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC) and the boards of Victory Gardens Theater and KIPP Indianapolis College. She is also a YP Ambassador for the Chicago Council for Global Affairs and a member of the Investment Committee for Cathedral High School. Cross holds an MBA in Finance and an M.A. in Education, Higher Education Administration from Stanford University.

Kathleen McDonald is a Certified Financial Planner with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Her practice works predominantly with women professionals and business owners, young families, individuals and couples approaching retirement. She also works with business owners on exit and succession planning. In addition to Chicago Foundation for Women, McDonald is a bedside magician volunteering with Open Heart Magic, bringing a bit of magic into the lives of children in the hospital. 

Michael Narciso is a Director at Callahan Capital Properties (CCP), a real estate private equity firm. Narciso works in the Investments group at CCP where he helps oversee the company’s acquisition, asset management and portfolio management activities in the western United States. He graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a BSBA in Finance.

Recent additions to the board include Nina Sanchez, who joined the board in December 2017. Sanchez is the Director at Enrich Chicago, a nonprofit organization collaboratively developing a replicable and sustainable plan to create new pathways for African, Latino/a, Asian, Arab and Native American people to arts organizations at all levels. Sanchez has been involved with Chicago Foundation for Women since 2014 as a member of the Program Committee and the Grantmaking Subcommittee. She holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as well as a B.A. from Colorado College in Anthropology and International Affairs.