Erie Neighborhood House executive director Kirstin Chernawsky has been named a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.
Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) is a premiere civic leadership development program that convenes, connects and mobilizes some of the region’s most promising leaders, a diverse group of individuals representing the corporate, nonprofit, government and education sectors.
“It is an honor for me to join such a distinguished group of leaders,” said Chernawsky, who is in her third year as executive director at Erie House. “This will be a great opportunity for me to grow personally, but I’m equally excited about applying what I learn through LGC to the work we are doing at Erie House.”
This year, LGC will engage 40 leaders in a rigorous 10-month program that provides the foundation for a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. Fellows will gain a deep understanding of the area’s most pressing and complex issues, and develop the robust analytical skills needed for positive social change.
“Our Fellows come from diverse backgrounds but share a common goal to create a better and more united Chicago for all who call it home,” said Maria Wynne, CEO of Leadership Greater Chicago. “We are grateful for the support of the many sponsors who nominated these outstanding individuals and believe in their ability to change the world.”
“This will be a great opportunity for me to grow personally, but I’m equally excited about applying what I learn through LGC to the work we are doing at Erie House.”
– Kirstin Chernawsky, executive director
Chernawsky is the third individual from Erie House—along with former executive directors Ricardo Estrada and Celena Roldán—to participate in the prestigious LGC Fellows Program, which has trained more than 1,100 leaders over the course of its 35-year history.
“We are proud of the work Kirstin is doing to advance our mission as an organization,” said Erie House board president Patty Perez. “Being named to the LGC Fellows Program is a testimony to her commitment to Erie House and the community we serve, as well as her tremendous potential as a leader.”