The objectives of the Development Committee are to secure financial and in-kind resources, raise awareness for TGME by planning and executing our annual fundraising events and lead sponsorship outreach.
Jonathan is a Program Associate at the Chicago Urban League’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation where he works to provide Chicagoland’s small businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators with the resources they need to be successful. Before joining the Urban League, Jonathan worked for Lyft’s Chicago office in an operations role. Jonathan’s passion for creating community and championing economic and community development began as a leader within the Powers-Knapp Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This passion led him to become a Peace Corps volunteer in Panamá where he supported town leaders and their improvement of their aqueduct system. While in Panamá, he was elected President of the Volunteer Advisory Council where he represented the over 200 volunteers in county to the senior Peace Corps staff and advised on country-specific policies aimed at improving volunteer’s wellbeing. After Peace Corps, Jonathan worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator in his native Washington, DC metropolitan area working on issues of environmental conservation and community outreach. Jonathan is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Geography.
Jonathan Glover is a Relationship Manager in the Public Not for Profit sector of BNY Mellon’s US Corporate Trust group covering the Midwest region. He has more than 10 years of Corporate Trust experience covering transactions in Structured Finance, Corporate Finance, and Alternative Investments.
Jonathan serves as a member of the Associate Boards of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Rush University Medical Center. Jonathan also serves as a mentor to high school and college students through various programs. At BNY Mellon, he is the Co-Chair of the Chicago Employee Engagement Committee.
Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Babson College, and his Juris Doctor degree from New England Law School. Jonathan is a Chicago Urban League IMPACT Fellow and is admitted to the New York State Bar.
Karrie serves as the Director of Leadership Giving at Mikva Challenge, a non-profit dedicated to developing youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society. In this role, Karrie is responsible for building a community of individual donors and raising funds to help scale the organization’s reach and impact.
Prior to this role, Karrie worked for eight years in the international non-profit space in Chicago, primarily focused on helping immigrants and refugees. She is passionate about increasing access to economic opportunities for those who need it most.
In addition to her everyday work, Karrie is currently enrolled in the Baumhart Scholars MBA program at Loyola University Chicago. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Chicago chapter of Changemaker Chats, a non-profit that brings female speakers for off-the-record style conversations with an audience of women, about their personal and professional journeys.
Karrie also serves on the Advisory Committee of the professional development group Ignite Connected, which is building a cohort of mindful and compassionate leaders from all sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in International Relations.
Oluseun Arowolaju is a Minister at Bible Church of Reconciliation and an Equity Options Trader at PEAK6 Investments. Prior to PEAK6, he was a part of a small team of individuals that launched Mesh++, a solar-powered mesh networking start-up.
Prior to Mesh++, Oluseun worked in many entrepreneurial capacities, from a strategic adviser at companies, consulting for pro athletes and politicians, to analyzing venture capital opportunities at a Venture Capital firm. In the Summer of 2018 after departing Mesh++ to pursue other interests, he taught himself to program and landed a Trading and Technology Support Engineer role at PEAK6. From there, he became a Data Product Manager and now is a full-time Trading Associate.
Riley Jones is a member of the Education Team at Duane Morris LLP. He is also a Co-Founder of Sector Software, an organization using technology to create and facilitate opportunity pathways for the new economy. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law. He was named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.
Passionate about community development, tech, and startups Alaxandria is a maverick whose superpower is vision. A native of Chicago, she is determined to amplify the South Side as a viable place for both founders and VC's to build. Between balancing her work at Goodie Nation and being a connector in the ecosystem, Alaxandria enjoys volunteering at tech conferences and attending festivals.
Antwoine Flowers is an experienced data scientist and artificial intelligence practitioner, currently working as a Senior Data Scientist at the web3 company coinbase. His primary areas of expertise are causal inference, experimental design, and natural language processing.
A native of the south side of Chicago, he is passionate about the intersection of technology, culture, and community. In 2020 he founded Elegant Theory, a technology design firm that designs culturally relevant use cases of emerging technology for communities of color. He also sits on the board of “A Tribe Called Tech”, a non-profit whose goal is to provide HBCU students with access to jobs in the technology industry.
Hana is driven by a passionate commitment to racial justice and generational wealth building, and believes so much in TGME’s mission: to expand the bounds of entrepreneurship as a means for macro-economic change, and more specifically, make way for and elevate the future of Black entrepreneurs in Chicago and beyond.
Outside of TGME, Hana is a Private Wealth Advisor within Goldman Sachs' Consumer and Wealth Management Division in Chicago. She and her team provide investment and related advise to entrepreneurs, families, private equity principals, nonprofit organizations, and other pools of capital. She serves as a champion of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and impact investing for the Division's Sustainable Solutions Council. Previosly, Hana held a career in nonprofit fundraising for organizations like Polaris Project and Martha's Table in Washington, DC. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jon Caines is the Chief Creator of Opportunity at Lexicon Networks Inc. (LNI). LNI is a full-service Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) solutions provider with a diverse range of high-technology products and service offerings. Headquartered in Chicago, IL with operations in Pune (India), California and Ontario (Canada), LNI boasts a global client roster including some of the most influential companies in their respective industries.
As Chief Creator of Opportunity, Jon is responsible for growing the company’s enterprise and developing lasting strategic partnerships. He works directly with top executives, corporations, institutions, and organizations across multiple verticals to identify problems and provide strategic technological solutions. In this role, he manages all aspects related to business development, sales and marketing of LNI's specialized software products. During his time at LNI, Jon has also co-founded Max-Grad (Higher Education) and Zest Mama (Restaurants & Hospitality).
Jon is a proud Dominican-American tech entrepreneur born to immigrant parents from the Bronx in NYC. He is a decorated eagle scout, philanthropist, an advocate for under-resourced communities and graduate of Fairfield University in CT. His upbringing, coupled with life’s experiences has prepared him to face any challenge with resilience, perseverance, and fortitude in an effort to turn all dreams into reality. Aside from TGME, Jon also serves his community as a board member of the Young Leaders Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, where he helps manage a philanthropic fund that has awarded more than $800k to over 150 entrepreneurial non-profit organizations to date. Recognizing the ever growing need and the importance of positive role models in under-resourced communities from his own personal experiences, Jonathan spends his free time advocating and mentoring inner city youth.