Streetwise Magazine recently announced their list of  the 2019 “20 Most Inspirational Chicagoans” honorees. This year the CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools, Constance Jones was given this honor.  The honorees, selected by a committee of Streetwise Board of Directors and affiliated partners, will be celebrated at the annual StreetWise Gala Celebration on September 26th at Galleria Marchetti.

 “Honoring those heroes among us who are making our city even stronger is so important as I believe it will inspire others to think about ways, they can make a positive impact in the community as well,” says Ben Swartz, StreetWise Board Chair. “We received hundreds of nominations from the public, which demonstrate the enduring spirit of philanthropy and empowerment baked into the culture of Chicago. Our 20 honorees represent a wide variety of courageous people who inspire all of us at StreetWise and our great city.”

Here are Streetwise’s 2019 ” 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans”:

  • Michael Airhart, CEO All Kids Matter Foundation and Taste for the Homeless
  • Adam Alonso, CEO BUILD
  • Dr. Pat Angelo, Co-founder CCH WellBeing and Angel of Wacker Drive
  • Tracy Baim, Publisher of the Chicago Reader and Co-founder of Windy City Times
  • Lisa Dietlin, Philanthropy Expert and Transformational Change Agent
  • Liz Dozier, Founder and CEO, Chicago Beyond
  • Jessica Droste-Yagan, CEO, Impact Engine
  • Jan Anne Dubin, CEO and Founder of Jan Anne Dubin Consulting, Chairman Emeritus, Public Allies
  • Amy Francetic, CEO, The Energize Fund
  • Candace Henley, Founder Blue Hat Foundation
  • Tuan Huynh, Senior Art Director at Leo Burnett
  • Constance Jones, CEO, Noble Network of Schools
  • Jim Kales, CEO Aspire
  • Dan Klaff, Community Development Attorney
  • The Honorable Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago
  • JD Miller: Founder, Care for Friends, CRO Motus, LLC
  • Rendel Solomon, Founder of One Stock One Future and Managing Director with Muller & Monroe Asset Management
  • Jeff Tweedy, Lead Singer of Wilco
  • Heather Whinna, Founder, Unconditional Giving, and Poverty Alleviation Chicago
  • Jamila Woods, R&B Singer, Artist, and Activist

“The 20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans Award celebrates those who champion and empower our neighbors each day, many of whom are disenfranchised and without hope,” says Julie Youngquist, Chief Executive Officer.  “We found true catalysts for change during this process, much like StreetWise Magazine has been a catalyst for change for more than 25 years. We look forward to recognizing these individuals at our annual StreetWise Gala Celebration and appreciate the positive difference they are making in our city and surrounding communities.”

To learn more about Streetwise and the honorees click here:

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