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Ghian Foreman is the president and CEO of the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, which generates community wealth and amplifies local culture through shared pride, power, and investment for Chicago’s mid-South Side. Emerald South attracts and coordinates investment through community convening and collaborative partnerships that increase local ownership and prosperity. 

Prior to joining Emerald South, Foreman was the executive director of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation, a community development corporation focused on the improvement of the Southwest Side of Chicago. 

Foreman is the managing partner of the Washington Park Development Group, a real estate development firm focused on traditionally underserved urban markets. In this capacity, he has been responsible for over $50 million in investments and development. Foreman sits on several boards, including the Chicago Rehab Network, Chicago Housing Authority Support Corporation. He is currently the President of the Chicago Police Board, and most recently joined Chicago Booth as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Strategy.

He earned a BS from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A native Chicagoan, he lives in Kenwood with his wife, Traci, and daughter, Jade.

Academic Areas

  • Strategy and Leadership

2023 - 2024 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
42710 Social Impact Lab 2024 (Winter)