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President - Donald J. Laackman

Donald J. Laackman was appointed the president of Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, in February 2011 and began his tenure in March 2011. Harold Washington College educates more than 13,000 credit students each year, helping them advance their education and careers. Since his appointment, Mr. Laackman has worked to support the Reinvention of City Colleges, ensuring more Harold Washington College graduates transfer successfully to four-year universities and obtain credentials of economic value that lead to meaningful employment.

Before his appointment, Mr. Laackman was a principal at Civic Consulting Alliance, where he managed Civic Consulting’s workforce and education program areas. He had participated in several workforce system change initiatives, including the creation of a new workforce board overseeing $360 million in workforce funding in Chicago, a strategy for improving career and technical education for 25,000 high school students in Chicago public schools, and the launch of City Colleges' Reinvention initiative.

Mr. Laackman previously served as a managing director at Accenture, a global technology, consulting, and outsourcing firm. Over a 23-year career, he worked with clients to develop and implement strategic, change, and information technology solution initiatives.

Mr. Laackman received his AB in politics, economics, rhetoric, and law and a master in public policy from the University of Chicago. He now serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the chairman of the board for Genesys Works, a nonprofit that provides technology training and finds jobs for high school students in Chicago Public Schools.

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