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Executives in residence also share their business and social sector expertise and bring a field-based perspective to the Rustandy Center’s work.

If you’re a current student interested in meeting one-on-one with a Rustandy Center executive in residence, contact us.

Dave Ellis

David Ellis, Social Entrepreneurship

David Ellis is cofounder and CEO of portfolio businesses at Flow Equity, a US-based venture development business focused on the rural poultry sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Its flagship enterprise, EthioChicken, is the market leader in Ethiopia, and Flow Equity is replicating that model in Rwanda and Uganda.

David Ellis, Social Entrepreneurship
Brian Fabes

Brian Fabes, Civic Impact

Brian Fabes is managing director of the Corporate Coalition, a collaborative of over 30 Chicago companies committed to using their assets, capabilities, and employees to address economic inequities in the region. Previously, Fabes was CEO of the Civic Consulting Alliance, senior vice president at National Louis University, associate principal at McKinsey & Company, and associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Arizona.

Brian Fabes, Civic Impact
Sonny Garg

Sonny Garg, AB ’89, MBA ’00, Civic Impact

Prior to joining DNS Capital as phunhousian in chief, Sonny Garg spent 25 years as a senior executive in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He led the energy division at Uptake Technologies, was a member of the executive committee at Exelon Corporation, and worked in the administrations of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and US president Bill Clinton. Garg serves on the boards of the Invisible Institute and the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago.

Sonny Garg, AB ’89, MBA ’00, Civic Impact
Daphne Mazarakis

Daphne Mazarakis, ’99, Sustainable Food and Entrepreneurship

Daphne Mazarakis is an independent food and sustainability consultant and a former consumer-packaged-goods executive. Her longest-standing clients include Grow Forward, a firm specializing in sustainable food investing, and LocalCoho, a sustainable seafood company where she also serves as a board director. Previously, Mazarakis was CEO of FairAcre Traders, a company she sold in 2017. Mazarakis also worked at Kraft Foods and Tula Foods.

Daphne Mazarakis, ’99, Sustainable Food and Entrepreneurship
Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter, Nonprofit Engagement

Dorri McWhorter is president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Most recently, McWhorter was CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, leading the 140-year-old social service agency's expansion of digital services and helped develop an exchange-traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment. A winner of innovation awards and a 20-year veteran in large-scale change management consulting, McWhorter was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP and a senior leader at Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Dorri McWhorter, Nonprofit Engagement
Liz Michaels

Liz Michaels, AB ’88, MBA ’06 (XP-75), ESG

Liz Michaels, AB ’88, MBA ’06 (XP-75), is co-head of Aperio (part of BlackRock), where she also led Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts. Before that, Michaels led the $11 billion defined contribution managed accounts business at Ibbotson Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer of Morningstar, president of Jellyvision, Inc., an interactive firm known for its game You Don't Know Jack™, and associate dean/director of the Career Advising and Planning Services office at the University of Chicago.

Liz Michaels, AB ’88, MBA ’06 (XP-75), ESG
Priya Parrish

Priya Parrish, ’09, Impact Investing

Priya Parrish is adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth and managing partner at Impact Engine, a venture capital and private equity firm investing in companies driving impact in economic empowerment, education, environmental sustainability, and health. She advises investment firms and asset owners developing and managing impact investment strategies and previously was chief investment officer at Schwartz Capital Group and a senior investor at Aurora Investment Management.

Priya Parrish, ’09, Impact Investing
Julia Stasch

Julia Stasch, Philanthropy

Julia Stasch is the immediate past president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies. She is board chair of Lever for Change, a distinguished nonresident senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, a founder of the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities philanthropic collaborative, and a board member of P33, which aims to drive inclusive, global tech and innovation leadership in Chicagoland.

Julia Stasch, Philanthropy

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