FPF board and staff

Forest Preserve Foundation Board of Directors

Stuart A. Cohn, Chair, Executive Committee; Attorney

Jim Beck, Nationwide Retirement Solutions

Leslie G. Fenton, Development Committee; Managing Director, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Corporate Finance LLC

Stephen B. Friedman, SB Friedman Development Advisors

Jeffrey Gray, Development Committee; Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Eleanor Grumman, Treasurer, Executive Committee Chair, Finance Committee

Tom Lanctot, Vice Chair, Executive Committee Chair, Nominations & Governance; CEO, Catholic Investment Services

Howard Learner, Nominations & Governance Committee; Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Mark Lester, Finance Committee; Senior Vice President, Government & Institutional Banking Group, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Tom Livingston, Immediate Past Chair, Executive Committee; Regional Vice President, CSX Transportation 

Albert Pritchett, Chair Emeritus; Retired Chief Administrative Officer for Cook County

Arnold Randall, General Superintendent, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Theresa Salus, Regional Experience Manager, REI

Dr. Stuart Strahl, Finance Committee; President/CEO, Chicago Zoological Society

LeeAnn Tomas-Foster, Chicago City Executive, Arcadis

Ewa Weir, Development Committee, Conservation Cup Finance Committee; Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle

Claire M. Williams, Secretary, Executive Committee, Development Committee, Conservation Cup Co-Chair; Nominations & Governance Committee, Executive Vice President, KDM Engineering.

Representing the Forest Preserve District

Eileen Figel, Deputy General Superintendent, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Cathy Geraghty, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Forest Preserves of Cook County

Board news

MARCH 2019 Jim Beck and Stephen Friedman join Foundation board

MARCH 2018 Kerri Daniels, business development director, joins Foundation’s board

FEBRUARY 2017 Business leaders join Foundation's board 

JULY 2016  Corporate leaders join the Foundation board

Stuart Cohn
Stuart Cohn, board chair

Stuart Cohn, board chair

Cohn is serving his second term as Forest Preserve Foundation Executive Committee chairman.

An attorney, Cohn has been involved with the Foundation since its inception. In 2006, Albert Pritchett, former chief administrative officer for the Cook County Board, called on Cohn’s legal expertise to help to set up the Foundation.

“The motivating idea was that people who might not want to make contributions to government entities would be willing to make donations to a private charity to support the foundation’s mission,” Cohn told The Chicago Community Trust in a 2015 interview. “That was really the Foundation’s genesis.”

Eventually Cohn was asked to serve on the board.

A graduate of the University of Chicago School of Law, Cohn has extensive experience in private practice and as corporate general counsel.

A Winnetka resident, avid exerciser and reader, Cohn and his wife are the parents of four sons.

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