A Closer Look: Introducing Our New Board Members
Aug 17

A Closer Look: Introducing Our New Board Members

Join us in welcoming our newest board members, Former Representative Greg Harris, Marvin Lindsay, Dr. Edward Linn and Dr. Stacy Raviv.

We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional individuals to our board, each bringing a unique blend of expertise and passion that will help us continue to make strides toward our vision that every community has the resources needed to be a healthy and safe place for people live, learn, work and play.

Our 17-member board serves as the compass that navigates our strategic journey. With a collective wealth of experience, diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to the organization’s mission, we are excited for the added perspectives our new board members bring to our team.


Former Representative, Greg Harris
Greg Harris (he/him/his) was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 2006 and was Majority Leader of the House of Representatives until 2023. Greg served as State Representative for the 13th District which includes parts of Uptown, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, North Center, West Ridge and Bowmanville. Greg is a gay elected official in the State of Illinois, who is also openly living with HIV and is the first openly gay person in Illinois to become a member of Legislative Leadership.  He served as Chairman of the Rules Committee, and the chief budget negotiator for House Democrats. He was a member of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council and the joint Legislative Health Insurance Exchange Committee.  He also served as chairman on the Violence Prevention Task Force and as a member of the Racial and Ethnic Impact Research Task Force, the Quality of Life Board and the House Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment

Marvin Lindsey, MSW
Marvin Lindsey currently works as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. He is the liaison and mentor and coach for the college’s We Are Men Program (WAM), a program that recruits and supports Black and African American male MSW graduate students. Prior to this role, Marvin served as the CEO of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois until he retired in 2022. Marvin has served on the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Committee, the Illinois Behavioral Health Workforce Taskforce, the Illinois Advisory Council on Substance Use, the Governor’s Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee and the Illinois Community Advisory Council on Homelessness. Marvin is an active member of the Community Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Urban Health Program and also serves as the co-chair of the UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work’s Dean Advisory Committee. He also serves as board president of Restore Justice, a non-profit that conducts outreach, engages in research, provides advocacy training, educates policymakers and supports partnerships with other criminal legal system reform efforts

Dr. Edward Linn
Dr. Edward Linn is a retired Professor and former Interim Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush University Medical Center and Rush Medical College. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Chicago Medical Society and Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force. Throughout his career, Edward served as both the Chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Cook County Health (CCH) and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Edward completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michael Reese Hospital where he subsequently practiced for over a decade. Edward has also served in a variety of roles with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Norton and Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics.

Dr. Stacy Raviv
Dr. Stacy Raviv currently serves as a board member at Ignite, a Bronzeville organization that targets youth homelessness. Other board work includes over a decade of service as a member of the board of trustees of the Chicago Jewish Day School, where Stacy is the immediate past board president, heads the school medical task force and is currently working on a pilot program to fully integrate students with disabilities. Stacy received a BA in Judaic Studies at Brown University.  After finishing her medical education and internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, she completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Northwestern University. Since 2010, Stacy has practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine at NorthShore University Health System.

As we embark on this exciting chapter, we invite you to stay connected and engaged. Keep an eye out for updates on our website, Facebook and LinkedIn as we work collaboratively to drive change.

Your support and interest are invaluable as we shape a stronger future together.

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