Chicago 2019

Upswell Chicago

What can the heartland teach us about local approaches to national problems? This November 13-15, the Windy City will become the Wave City as thousands of changemakers gather for Upswell 2019. We hope you’ll be among them.

Long before you land at O’Hare or Midway for three eye-opening days, we’re busy putting down roots in our host city. From the biggest funders to the most hyper-local organizers, we’re connecting a constellation of changemakers from all over Chicago to elevate the best solutions the city has to offer. Whatever your mission and wherever you call home, you’ll leave here challenged, encouraged, and changed.

Upswell Accelerator

The Upswell Accelerator is a group of dynamic, high-impact Chicagoland changemakers who are committed to amplifying the social change issues in their communities. With the Upswell design team, they’re working to integrate local innovation, culture, and opportunity to create an eye-opening, authentic Chicago experience for you.

Just as importantly, the Accelerator is developing a unique and ambitious initiative that will launch at Upswell and be owned by Chicago’s diverse communities. You’ll hear much more about this project soon!

Meet the Accelerators

Helene Gayle
Upswell Co-Chair

President/CEO
The Chicago Community Trust

Sandra Abrevaya
President/Chief Impact Officer
Thrive Chicago

Daniel Ash
Chief Marketing Officer
The Chicago Community Trust

Rob Bisceglie
CEO
Action for Healthy Kids

Sarah Borgeson
Board Co-Chair
Chicago Women in Philanthropy

Dan Cardinali
President/CEO
Independent Sector

Jack Darin
Chapter President
Sierra Club Illinois Chapter

Ed Davies
Director
Children’s Home and Aid

Evan Hochberg
Upswell Co-Chair

President
Crown Family Philanthropies

Liz Dozier
Founder/CEO
Chicago Beyond

Brian Fabes
CEO
Civic Consulting Alliance

Chantal E. Forster
Executive Director
Technology Affinity Group

Sean Garrett
President, CEO
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Chindaly Griffith
Chapter Co-Chair
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Chicago

Caronina Grimble
Board Co-Chair
Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy

Luis Gutierrez
Founder/CEO
Latinos Progresando

Danielle Harbison
Executive Director
Black Chicago Tomorrow

Hope Harriman
Project Manager
Justice Informed

Jessica Jecmen
Executive Director
Accenture Foundation

Yvonne Judice
Upswell Community Organizer

Stephen Katsouros
Dean/Executive Director
Arrupe College, Loyola University Chicago

Jonathan Lever
Executive Vice President and COO
The Fetzer Institute

Kate Lorenz
Executive Director
Hyde Park Arts Center

Dorri McWhorter
CEO
YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Rami Nashashibi
Executive Director
IMAN

Lauren Pacheco
Upswell Community Organizer

Julian Posada
Chief Operating and Enterprise Officer
The Resurrection Project

Angelique Power
President
Field Foundation

Jessica Rabie
Project Lead, Strategy
Crown Family Philanthropies

Xavier Ramey
CEO/Lead Strategist
Justice Informed

Diana Rauner
CEO
Ounce of Prevention

Victor Reinoso
COO
Independent Sector

Silvia Rivera
Managing Director
WBEZ – Vocalo

Paul Sznewajs
Executive Director
Ingenuity

Hilda Vega
Manager, U.S. Programs
Hispanics in Philanthropy

Eric Weinheimer
President/CEO
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