Kate Bensen, AB ’80

President and CEO
The Chicago Network

Kate Benson

Kate Bensen joined The Chicago Network in April 2010 as executive director and became its president and CEO in 2013. Previously, Bensen led the nonprofit capacity building practice for Conlon Public Strategies and was a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, specializing in corporate and public finance.

Bensen is a director of the Grammy-award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and of The Arts Club of Chicago. Kate is a member of the Commercial Club, Economic Club, Chicago Club, International Women’s Forum, Executives’ Club, and the Women’s Board of the University of Chicago (past chair). She also serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Governors State University and the Board Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. In 2008, she received the University of Chicago’s Alumni Service Medal for her work in securing an Alumni House for the University.

Bensen received her AB in economics from the University of Chicago and her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. 

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