Alumni Network

With more than 51,000 alumni living and working in 120 countries, Booth’s alumni network is expansive. Similarly, Booth alumni work in and interact with the social impact sector in myriad roles, industries, and geographic locations.

For a more personal look at Booth’s social impact community, explore profiles of some of our remarkable alumni.

Erik Wallsten, '04 

Cofounder and Managing Partner, Adobe Capital

Chicago Booth alumnus Erik Wallsten, '04, established a fund that’s making a difference in Mexico. "In the US, the impact conversation centers on getting better teachers in schools. In emerging markets, it focuses on actually building enough schools for children to attend.”

Eric Weinheimer, ’94 

President and CEO of Donors Forum of Illinois

Eric Weinhiemer, ’94, is president and CEO of Donors Forum of Illinois, an alliance of approximately 1,100 foundations, social purpose organizations, and advisors. Prior to his position at the Donor’s Forum, he was president and CEO of The Cara Program, one of Chicago’s leading nonprofit workforce development programs. Weinhiemer serves on the Board of Directors for Streetwise, the Social Enterprise Alliance (national and Chicago chapter), and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation

Jennifer Alexander Monzon, ’08 

Founders, Chapín Coffee

The mission of Chapín Coffee is to feed as many children as possible by sharing Guatemala's delicious coffee with the world. Guatemala is a country rich in natural resources, but despite this fact, it has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition among children in Latin America. Not only is Chapín dedicated to minimizing hunger amongst children, but every aspect of its operation is focused on leaving their world a better place.

Maria Kim, ’12 

President and CEO, The Cara Program.

Maria Kim, ’12, is president and CEO of The Cara Program – a workforce and leadership development organization helping men and women affected by homelessness and poverty to secure and sustain quality employment.  Her social purpose experience includes board leadership at Horizons for Youth, and her current role as a founding board member for the EPIC Academy, a charter high school in South Chicago

Judy Maley, LAB '78, MBA '84 

Social Enterprise Advisor

Judy Maley, LAB '78, MBA '84, has an extensive civic leadership portfolio, serving as a member on the advisory boards of After School Matters and A Night Out, as well as the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Alumni Association Executive board. Maley was the volunteer coordinator for United Charities (now Metropolitan Family Services), receiving Illinois' Outstanding Volunteer Administrator award.  She is also on the board of directors at Thresholds and serves on the advisory board of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth.

Steven McCullough, ’96, 

Vice President of Community Partnerships, Greater Chicago Food Depository

Steven McCullough, '96, is the vice president of community partnerships at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He leads the strategy for establishing, maintaining, and improving relationships with community partners to achieve a collaborative response to addressing hunger and increasing food access in Cook County.

Amy Lehman, AB '96, MBA '05, MD '05 

Cofounder and President, Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic

Amy Lehman, AB '96, MBA '05, MD '05, is on a mission to bring better access to health care to more than three million people living along a remote, landlocked lake in central Africa - by building a floating clinic. She is founder and president of Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic.

Jeff Nelson, '14 

Cofounder and CEO, OneGoal

Jeff Nelson, '14, is a cofounder & CEO of OneGoal, an innovative, three-year college persistence program that identifies, trains and supports our nation’s most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. At the beginning of his tenure with OneGoal, Nelson developed the organization’s first five-year strategic plan, restructured the program model, and expanded the funding base 15 times over.

Todd Babbitz, ’04 

Executive Director, Office of Strategy Management, Chicago Public Schools

Dennis Chookaszian, '68 

Retired chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies

Dennis Chookaszian, '68, is the retired chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies, where he also served as chairman of the company’s executive committee from 1999-2001. Chookaszian is a member of the Boy Scouts of America national board.

Doing Good is Serious Business

The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation is the destination for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems. As Chicago Booth's social impact hub, we build on the school's grounding in business fundamentals with experiential learning and research-based insights. Then, through programs, including the John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge and training for nonprofit board members, we equip our community with the knowledge and tools to positively impact humanity.

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