Chicago Community Trust names 10 fellows

By Kathy Bergen
Posted Dec. 1, 2010 at 7:58 a.m.

The Chicago Community Trust has named 10 leaders of non-profit organizations focusing on the arts, literacy, policy and research as its fellows for 2011.

The group includes six emerging leaders, who will receive up to $30,000 each, and four experienced leaders, who will receive up to $60,000 apiece, with the awards to be used for professional development.

The experienced leaders are:
-John Boumann, president of Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law;
-Rhonda Brown, vice president of the Joffrey Ballet;
-Carlos Hernandez, executive director of Puerto Rican Arts Alliance; and
-Sequane Lawrence, director of Chicago Youth Center.

The emerging leaders include:

-Monica Hairston, executive director of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago;
-Amanda Klonsky, girls program director for Free Write and Jail Arts Literacy Program;
-Kimberly Ransom, director of the collegiate scholars program at the University of Chicago;
-Stacy Ratner, founder and executive director of Open Books LTD;
-Eric Rodriguez, executive director of Latino Union of Chicago; and
-Jamiko Rose, executive director of Organization of the Northeast.

The winners were selected from nearly 100 applicants. The next application process will begin in late spring.

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