The Associate Board Administrative Team consists of the the Board President, Vice President and Secretary. Their job is to oversee the operations, including presiding over meetings, keeping records, and liaising with the TGME executive board & staff to develop overall Associate Board strategy.


Jonathan McGee

Jonathan McGee is a social entrepreneur, civic leader, and external affairs expert with over 7 years of non-profit, public sector, and social impact experience. He currently serves as Deputy Director of Regional Economic Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Prior to this role, he founded The Global Organization for Applied Political Leadership, the first of its kind global training incubator for advocacy, specifically focused on lower socioeconomic communities of color.

Jonathan is an Adjunct Professor for West Virginia University, where he teaches Event Planning in the Reed College of Media. He previously consulted for Get In Chicago and The Chicago Community Trust's Civic Engagement team where he led social capital initiatives, and facilitated programming in Chicago's neighborhoods most impacted by poverty and violence.

As former Senior Marketing Director at the Graduate School of Political Management, he oversaw the development and execution of the marketing/recruitment strategy for the first and foremost school of applied politics, legislative affairs, strategic public relations, and global advocacy.

He also served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX 30). His legislative portfolio included the following issue areas: Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, Energy, Education, Telecommunications, Science, Space, and Technology. Lastly, Jonathan worked for the Partnership for Public service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize our federal government by transforming the way government works and inspiring a new generation to serve.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Political Management degree from George Washington University.



Kirstin L. Jones

Kirstin L. Jones serves as the Finance Analyst for the Obama Foundation. In her position, Kirstin directly supports the Chief Financial Officer in the overall financial leadership and business diversity efforts of the Foundation. Outside of her normal work responsibilities, she leads the Obama Foundation Internship Program and the Black Women’s Affinity Group.

Kirstin previously served as an Obama Administration political appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). At SBA, she was the Special Assistant to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and traveled across the country advocating for small business owners and entrepreneurs who represent the spirit that has always driven our nation forward. Before relocating to Chicago, Kirstin was the Scheduler to Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (VA-08) and prior to that she aided the COO/CFO of RLJ Lodging Trust, a publicly traded hotel REIT founded by Bob Johnson.

Kirstin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration as a Baumhart Scholar at Loyola University of Chicago.


Vice President

Erica Loper

Erica serves as Finance Associate Manager at PepsiCo. PepsiCo is a mission driven global food and beverage company headquartered in Purchase, New York; and a widely recognized, industry leading brand rooted in sustainable practices and innovation over its fifty-year history. Erica is responsible for supply chain strategic planning and support initiatives to maximize operational performance, while minimizing costs related to sourcing agricultural and packaging materials for Gatorade, Izze and Tropicana brands in the United States. Outside of her normal work responsibilities, Erica volunteers as a Associate Board Member and mentor at Chicago Scholars and also volunteers as a mentor for the Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Erica received her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University in Washington D.C. and is currently pursing her MBA at Loyola University Chicago.