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
Dr. Stuart Strahl, Finance Committee; President/CEO, Chicago Zoological Society
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
Shelley A. Davis, President, Forest Preserve Foundation
Clarmarie I. Keenan, Development Manager, Forest Preserve Foundation
Cassandra West, Communications/marketing manager, Forest Preserve Foundation
FEBRUARY 2017 Business leaders join Foundation's board
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.