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City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees

Paula Wolff, Chair 
Paula Wolff is a Senior Executive at the Illinois Justice Project (ILJP) where she engages in criminal justice reform efforts to promote policies that will make communities safer and reduce recidivism among youth and adults.  The ILJP is a continuation of the Justice and Violence Group at Metropolis Strategies where Chair Wolff served as a Senior Executive.  Chair Wolff also served as President of Governors State University and was Director of Policy and Planning for Governor James R. Thompson. In August 2009, Wolff was named Chairman of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. She also serves on numerous other boards including the Joyce Foundation, the Ariel Investments Board, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Johnson Foundation, the Safer Foundation, the Chicago Foundation for Women, the University of Chicago Medical Center (Chair 1996 – 2006) and the University of Chicago Board of Trustees.  

Ellen Alberding, Vice Chair
Ellen Alberding is president and a board member of the Joyce Foundation. Alberding is a founder and board member of Advance Illinois, which advocates for public education reform in Illinois. She has also served as president and chairman of the investment committee for the Chicago Park District pension fund. Alberding is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, and serves on the advisory boards of several nonprofit organizations. Alberding received her Bachelor's in English from Brown University and a Masters of Management in finance and marketing from Northwestern University.  

Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Secretary 
Larry R. Rogers, Sr. is one of the founding partners of the Cook County law firm Power Rogers & Smith. A native South Sider, Rogers has dedicated more than two decades of his career to representing the most difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases. A leader in the personal injury field, Rogers was elected president of both the Cook County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, serving as the latter's first African American president. Rogers has been honored with numerous awards, including the Richard E. Westbrook Award for legal excellence from the Cook County Bar Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Black Law Students Association of DePaul University.  

Clarisol Duque, Trustee
Clarisol Duque has a wealth of experience in public service and community relations.  She’s led grassroots campaigns for the United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago, a countywide campaign for Friends of Durbin and directed Latino media outreach for Obama for America.  She’s spent the last ten years as an aide to U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, currently serving as Chicago Director and Chief of Staff.  Trustee Duque is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences.  

Rev. Darrell Griffin, Trustee
Rev. Darrell Griffin is the Senior Pastor of Oakdale Covenant Church, serving in this capacity for nearly 14 years.  He’s also the senior partner of Urban Ministries Advantage, where he provides coaching and training resources for pastors and church leaders. Trustee Griffin is a published author and spiritual leader; he has spoken at churches, corporations and educational organizations throughout the country. He has a B.A. in marketing from Morehouse College, a Masters of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School and a Doctorate of Ministry from North Park Theological Seminary.  

Marisela Lawson, Trustee
Marisela Lawson is a partner and founder at Sagence Group. Lawson’s experience in management consulting is extensive. Before joining Sagence Group, Lawson served as Director of Business Intelligence for Forsythe Solutions Group working with different functions including sales, marketing, operations, and product groups, to increase sales. Lawson also served a Principal at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants and a senior consultant at Accenture. Lawson earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from DePaul University.  

Everett Rand, Trustee
Everett Rand is part-owner of Midway Airport Concessions, a Chicago-based management company that operates the food and beverage program at Midway Airport, including the Harry Carey’s restaurant in the Concessions Triangle and six popular Chicago restaurants at Midway Airport. Rand is also president and CEO of Midway Wholesale Beverage, Inc.  Additionally Rand hosts the Chicago Football Classic to promote higher education and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities.   

Eliana Blancas, Student Trustee
Eliana Blancas is a native of Arizona who is currently a full-time student at Harold Washington College, majoring in Political Science.  Eliana served as Senate Chair for the Student Government Association and the Local Issues Subcommittee Chair with the Illinois Community College Board, Student Advisory Committee.  Eliana has worked on a host of issues that impact community college students throughout the state of Illinois, namely financial assistance for undocumented students and affordable text books.  She has also been active in incorporating the Respect Campaign at Harold Washington College and has teamed up with clubs such as the Inspired Creative Expression Performing Arts Club to represent the student body through a weekly "Open Mic".  Eliana plans to transfer to DePaul University and major in International Relations with an emphasis in Peace & Conflict Studies and Education Policy.