Theresa is the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of the 112 year-old Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Theresa’s passion to grow the Chicago region’s economy and strengthen Chicago’s status as a world-class city stems from her experience in public service. She spent 27 years working at the national, state and local levels of government where she gained first-hand experience working with business and government on programs to grow jobs and the economy. She draws from lessons learned to drive the Chamber’s strategic focus on small business growth, middle market expansion, international opportunities, industry-specific investment, technology innovation and regional collaboration.
Theresa is Vice-Chairman of FARM Illinois; Vice-Chairman of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives; on the board of Choose Chicago; a director of the World Business Chicago Steering Committee; a member of the German Marshall Fund Leadership Development Advisory Council and Co-Chair of the Midwest selection committee; and a member of the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; The Economic Club of Chicago; and The Chicago Network.
In her free time, Theresa enjoys yoga, traveling with her husband, and reading biographies of US Presidents with a hot cup of tea.