President and CEO
Chicago Urban League
Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021
Doors Open at 11:30 am / Event Begins at 12:00 pm
111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
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Karen Freeman-Wilson began serving as President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League in January 2020. She brings a passion for equity and social justice to the organization, which works to advance economic, educational and social progress for African Americans through direct service and advocacy.
Having served in the public arena most of her professional life, Freeman-Wilson has deep experience in addressing issues that impact urban communities.She was mayor of her hometown of Gary, Indiana, from 2012 through 2019. She was the first female to lead the city of Gary and the first African-American female mayor in Indiana. Her mayoral accomplishments include job creation, completion of a $100 million airport runway relocation, and the development of key areas in the city. She previously served as Indiana Attorney General, Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and presiding judge of the Gary City Court. She also served as Executive Director of the National Drug Court Institute and CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, where she is currently Board Vice Chair.
Freeman-Wilson is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is a past President of the National League of Cities, past Chairperson of the Criminal and Social Justice Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and sits on the National Police Foundation Board of Directors. She is a member of Israel C.M.E. Church; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Links, Inc.; the NAACP; the Urban League of Northwest Indiana and the Indiana Bar.
Freeman-Wilson and her husband Carmen Wilson II have a blended family of four children.
Chief Financial Officer
City of Chicago
Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
Doors Open at 12:30 pm / Event Begins at 1:00 pm
Please note City Club's COVID-19 in-person event protocols
- All guests must provide proof of full vaccination at check-in
-All guests must remain masked throughout the program
-In lieu of serving lunch, Maggiano's will provide a to-go bag with a complete meal following the conclusion of the event
-Capacity will be reduced to allow more spaces between seats