Board of Directors

Chair SEAN B. HARDEN (Since 2013) WRIGHT CONSULTANT GROUP

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Sean Harden has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in both the non-profit and governmental sectors. His past responsibilities included managing large scale economic and workforce development projects for the city of Chicago.

In 2005, he was awarded the Innovative Solutions Award from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for leading one of the most successful community hiring initiatives in the city of Chicago, which resulted in over 1300 Chicagoans being placed into jobs. In 2006, he was appointed by former Mayor, Richard M. Daley to oversee interfaith and community affairs, and to serve as the City’s liaison to foreign dignitaries. In 2014, Mr. Harden started a boutique consulting firm, Harden Wright Consulting Group, that specializes in providing broad-based technical assistance and strategic planning to non-profit community development organizations, for-profit corporations, real estate developers, and municipalities.

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Chief Executive Officer JACQUELINE EDENS (Since 2012)

THE INNER VOICE, INC.

Born and raised in Chicago, Jackie attended and graduated from Wright Junior College before attending and graduating from Northern Illinois University. She began her 29-year career with the City of Chicago in 1975 in positions including Mobile Crisis Intervention Worker, Shelter Clearinghouse Coordinator, Assistant Director of Legislative and Community Affairs, Director of Homeless Services, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Family Support Services, and Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. After retiring in 2004, Jackie consulted in the areas of workforce development and homeless services. In June of 2012 she joined the board of The Inner Voice, Inc. and became the CEO that September. Mayor Emanuel appointed Jackie to the board of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund in September 2018. Jackie is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of Chicago’s Continuum of Care and serves on numerous other committees and commissions. All of Jackie’s kids have paws and they all currently live in Logan Square.

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Secretary JOEL SIMON (Since 2013)

THE COUNCIL FOR ADULT AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING 

Joel began his career as a community organizer which cemented his commitment to supporting broad-based, multi-stakeholder efforts that increase educational attainment and employment as a part of communities’ efforts to improve employability, quality of life, civic engagement, equity and inclusion. For the last 20 years, he has worked with communities across to US to align workforce development with economic development, helping multi-stakeholder partnerships to understand their regional economies and make strategic investments in learning and skill development that leads to viable jobs and careers, and that supports continued economic growth. He has served in a variety of non-profit and public sector roles at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, and the Computing Technology Industry Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago. He has served as faculty for the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the International Economic Development Council, the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Accreditation Council for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Joel currently chairs the International Economic Development Council's Higher Education Advisory Committee.

Board Members

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JOSE SIFUENTES (Since 2013)

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY & SUPPORT SERVICES

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ROBERT ZIEMBA (Since 2014)

NETWORK FOR GOOD

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JEFFREY LEWELLING (Since 2016)

COOK COUNTY, BUDGET & MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Jeffrey Lewelling was named Chief Performance Officer for Cook County, responsible for enhancing and managing the Set Targets, Achieve Results (STAR) performance based management system in Cook County government, by President Toni Preckwinkle in August of 2015.

Lewelling had spent the previous 17 years working at the City of Chicago.  From 2008 to 2011 Jeff served as the Director of Performance Management where he managed a City wide system of performance measures, facilitated a management process consisting of more than 40 Executive Review Performance Management sessions annually and produced the Program and Budget Summary book for the City of Chicago annual budget.

From 2011 to 2015 Lewelling served as the 1st Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection which regulates the public passenger vehicle industry including taxis, limos, and rideshare companies as well as, all businesses which require a city issued license (this includes all liquor and non-liquor establishments, retail stores etc.). Lewelling has a bachelor’s degree in History and English from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

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JULIE WILEN (Since 2018)


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For 35 years, the Board of Directors of Inner Voice has shared and shaped our vision. If our mission matches your passion, please contact us regarding joining our Board of Directors.

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