What does ONE HEALTHY CHI mean to you?
Lori E. Lightfoot
Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago.
Since assuming office following her historic election, Mayor Lightfoot has undertaken an ambitious agenda of expanding opportunity and inclusive economic growth across Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities, with early accomplishments including landmark ethics and good governance reforms, worker protection legislation, and closing a record $838 million budget gap, as well as key investments in education, public safety and financial stability. Mayor Lightfoot also placed Chicago on the path to a $15 minimum wage by 2021.
In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Lightfoot has led a coordinated, citywide response across government, business, and community organizations to effectively address its spread and broader public impact, including the creation of the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, among other actions.
Prior to her election, Mayor Lightfoot most recently served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown. Previously, she served as President of the Chicago Police Board, as well as the Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.
Mayor Lightfoot also served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, interim First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, Chief Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards, and as Assistant United States Attorney.
A native of Massillon, Ohio, Mayor Lightfoot has been a resident of Chicago since 1986 and lives on the Near Northwest Side with her wife Amy Eshleman and their daughter.
Sir Taylor is a writer, actor, choreographer, dancer, gymnast, motivational speaker, life coach and youth mentor. He is the artistic director of Example Setters Youth Poetry and a company member of Collaboraction Theatre Company where he has been developing Inspire: Breathe Life, the theatrical adaptation of his life story, for the past five years. The performing arts have allowed Sir Taylor to showcase his skills in 18 different countries including, Japan, Australia, Senegal and Canada. He has developed his performance skills with Ballet Africain, Maimouna Keita and various masters from Mali, Guinee and Senegal. He developed his gymnastics and acrobatic skills with the Jesse White Tumblers, trained with Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton and is a former member of the US National Gymnastics Team. He has performed with Dance Africa, Disney Productions The Lion King and Hercules, numerous pop and hip-hop artists including Boys 2 Men, as well as dance icons Tommy Gomez and Kathryn Dunham. He has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a performer and guest interview and Oprah’s Birthday Special. He has been a featured guest artist for Nelson Mandela, as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton. As the current artistic director of the Chicago youth arts and mentoring organization Example Setters Youth Poetry, Sir Taylor uses his performance and travel experiences to create and implement innovative experiential learning activities that awaken and inspire youths, to contribute to the stability, safety, and well-being of our communities in ways that empower and enable them to reach their full potential. He is also the choreographer and principal dancer of Manding Jata International West African dance company.
Dr. David Ansell
As Rush’s first leader of community health equity, a role he assumed in October of 2016, Ansell is leading Rush’s strategy to be a catalyst for community health and economic vitality on Chicago’s West Side. He previously was Rush’s senior vice president, system integration. Ansell joined Rush in 2005 as the Medical Center’s first chief medical officer (CMO) — a position he held until 2014 — as well as the associate dean and senior vice president for clinical affairs and the Michael E. Kelly MD Presidential Professor at Rush Medical College.
While Ansell was CMO, Rush was consistently among the top performing academic medical centers in the US with regard to quality and safety. He also served on the inaugural system board of the Cook County Health and Hospital System and served on a number of national committees within the CMO group of the Association of Academic Medical Centers.
In 2002, during his ten-year tenure as chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine at Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Ansell cofounded the Sinai Urban Health Institute, which conducts health inequity research, develops innovative community health interventions, delivers community health worker training and consultation, and provides a broad scope of evaluation services.
After joining Rush, Ansell helped establish, in 2007, the not-for-profit Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, which focuses on ameliorating the higher breast cancer mortality rate among black women. He currently is the chair of board of the taskforce.
He also contributed to the 2015 creation of the Center for Community Health Equity, a Chicago-based educational and research center jointly run by Rush University and DePaul University.
Beginning in 1978, Ansell spent 17 years at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, where he implemented a breast cancer screening program, one of the first in the United States. From 1993 to 1995, he served as the hospital’s division chief of general medicine/primary care.
Ansell recounted his experiences at Cook County Hospital in his critically acclaimed 2011 memoir, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. The University of Chicago Press published his second book, The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, in 2017.
As a coauthor of a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, and through his testimony before the U.S. Congress, Ansell influenced the passage in 1986 of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, a federal law that regulates the transfer of patients from one hospital to another. He also is the author of numerous other papers and book chapters on health disparities.
Ansell earned a BA from Franklin and Marshall College in 1974 and, in 1978, his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University. In 1991, he received a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Upon taking office, Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, appointed Candace Moore to serve as the City’s first Chief Equity Officer. Charged with leading the new Office of Equity and Racial Justice, Candace has been tasked with advancing policies and practices that promote equitable outcomes across city services and resources.
Prior to serving as the City’s Chief Equity Officer, Candace advocated for educational equity through a lens of racial and social justice at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. She was instrumental in the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s re-launch of the Educational Equity Project. Candace’s work with the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee focused on organizing legal advocacy resources to address disparate school discipline and barriers to enrollment for students throughout Chicago and its surrounding communities. As a next generation civil rights advocate, she believes that it is imperative to work in partnership with community-based advocates and institutional policy makers to achieve sustainable and meaningful solutions.
Candace‘s dedication to public service and advocacy is fueled by her own trials and triumphs and the countless stories of people who continue to be unfairly met with systemic barriers. Whether serving as a case manager for adults with disabilities at the Association for Individual Development or a Community Education Manager at the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Candace’s past professional experiences have ignited a passion to be intentional in her work and created an unrelenting desire to be an agent of change. She is a proud graduate of both Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate program and the School of Law (J.D.’13). Beyond her formal education, Candace engages in thought leadership and advocacy surrounding her deep commitment to empowering people to develop their own voice and be their own agents of change and is an alumna of the inaugural Surge Fellowship cohort and the Shriver Center’s inaugural class of the Racial Justice Initiative.
Dr. Allison Arwady
Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, is the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Dr. Arwady started at CDPH in 2015 and served as Chief Medical Officer before being confirmed by the City Council as Commissioner in January, 2020. As Chief Medical Officer she oversaw the disease control, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and behavioral health divisions. She has worked on disease outbreaks, immunization promotion, tuberculosis response, lead poisoning prevention, substance misuse, and more. Prior to CDPH, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. In that role, she focused on outbreak response, including international work on Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. While based at the Illinois Department of Public Health, she responded to disease outbreaks across the state. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, and completed medical school and clinical training at Yale University. She is a board-certified internal medicine physician and pediatrician, and continues to see primary care patients weekly.
Operationally-focused serial entrepreneur professional with over 20 years of experience creating and executing strategies to maximize enterprise value in both the private and social impact sectors. Julian has demonstrated results building, streamlining and leading organizations of different sizes and facing different challenges.
Currently founder and President of LiftUp enterprises, a for profit holding company that focuses on both economic and social outcomes, that accelerates the stability and mobility of individuals in low-income communities Most recently he was COO of TRP where he focused on the core operations of The Resurrection Project including Marketing, Community Ownership, IT, and Property Management..
Returning to publishing Julian served as EVP of Marketing and Strategy for Chicago Sun-Times and Co- Publisher of the Chicago Reader helping run several departments and initiatives. Prior to that he was the President and CEO of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations serving as the top Fire business executive leading the strategic planning and overall management of the club.
Prior to the Fire, Posada served as Founder and President of Café Media, a multimedia company that targets second and third generation Hispanics. Prior to this, Posada was Publisher/GM for Hoy, Chicago's only Spanish Daily Newspaper (Tribune owned and operated). Posada was responsible for the day-to-day activities of Hoy Chicago including editorial, sales, finance, marketing, circulation and production. In addition, he was instrumental in launching Hoy Los Angeles.
Posada has held senior level positions at Citibank in Colombia SA where he worked on both the marketing and operations side of the business. He served as GM/Director of Business Development at Querico.com as part of Ethnicgrocer.com a digital start-up backed by KB Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Posada has served on numerous non-profit boards over his career. Currently he sits on the boards of the WTTW Public Televison, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ), Forefront, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), and The Otho S. A. Sprague Memorial Institute.
He has received several awards and recognitions for his business achievements and community service including being a McCormick Tribune Media Fellow (2006), winner of Presstime's 20 under 40 (2007), Chicago United Business Leader of Color (2007), Cook County State's Attorney's (2008) Arnold Mireles Community Empowerment Award, the NSHMBA Brilante Award in (2009), the (2010) Exito Award from HACE, Centro Romero Community Service Award in 2011, the 5th 3rd Bank’s Community Leader Award in 2013. Most recently he was recognized by MALDEF with a Corporate Social Responsibility award (2014).
He earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S. from Michigan State University.
Gary Jimenez Rodriguez
Gary has been a youth leader with Logan Square Neighborhood Association since the summer of 2019 where he has helped advocate for equitable housing policies along the 606 Bloomingdale Trail. He is currently studying Accounting at Malcolm X College. When he's not organizing for racial equity, Gary likes to ride his bike and practice kickboxing.
Dr. Doriane Miller
A general internist, Doriane Miller, MD, has been providing care to under-served minority populations for more than 20 years. In addition to her role as a primary care physician, she has a special interest in behavioral health.
Under her leadership, physicians, educators and community members work to improve population health outcomes for residents on the South Side of Chicago through community-engaged research, demonstration and service models.
Dr. Miller's research focuses on the intersection of health disparities and race. She has served as the project director for several studies designed to augment care by promoting collaboration among physicians, patients and families. Dr. Miller's work in the area of improving asthma outcomes through school and community interventions was noted by the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology with a 2006 Special Recognition Award.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago in January 2009, Dr. Miller served as national program director of New Health Partnerships, a demonstration project funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation on collaborative self-management support.
Melvin Thompson is the Executive Director of the Endeleo Institute, the nonprofit arm of Trinity United Church of Christ where he skillfully directs programming in three focus areas: health, education and community development in the Washington Heights/Greater Roseland Area. After spending nearly two decades in the civic, private and nonprofit world, Melvin truly knows how to connect the dots in forging powerful relationships across multiple sectors for the betterment of Far South Side communities.
The consummate relationship-builder, Melvin spearheaded a community-driven, $10M restoration of the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library and was instrumental in recasting it as the City of Chicago’s first Dementia-friendly Library, a feat that has gained national attention.
Melvin has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets locally and around the world, including US News and World Report, NPR (WBEZ in Chicago) WGN Television and the Chicago Tribune. In addition to his extensive community development experience, Melvin is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker.
Melvin holds an MBA from Roosevelt University and a BS in journalism from Northwestern University. Mr. Thompson is also an Ordained Deacon at Trinity.