Ambassadors Council

The Ambassador Council is a group of professionals who provide support to the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, with a collective goal to raise awareness, empower women and eliminate racism. As ambassadors of the YWCA, the Ambassador Council works to raise money and donate time to benefit the YWCA.

who we are

1. An Ambassador Council member is mission-connected and dedicated to fundraising. Excited to give their time and talent, this person brings with her/him diversity that is complementary to the other members of the Ambassador Council.

2. Ambassadors are distinguished as key influencers in the City of Chicago working to support the invaluable work of the YWCA, one of the most highly regarded and largest women’s organizations in the city.

3. Ambassadors have access to networking and meaningful relationship building opportunities with other leaders within the YWCA, including the Board of Directors.

4. Ambassadors have an opportunity to affect change in the lives of women and girls by being a part of the inner circle of the YWCA movement.

5. Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to receive board training and skill building to enhance personal goals including serving on future community boards.


Sandra Talbott, JD
‎Assistant Attorney General
Illinois Attorney General Office


Sandra Adam, CPA
Director, Real Estate Advisory Services

Jamie Burke
Category Manager – PPM Security

Melissa Cooper, CTP, AAP
SVP, Director Client Delivery and Implementation – Treasury Manager
Associated Bank

Elizabeth Corrigan
Regional Manager, Disaster Response
American Red Cross

Obinna Ekwueme
Vice President
Fifth Third Bank

Maureen Flood
Senior Manager, People Advisory Service

Lello Gebisa
Engagement Manager
Glenbrook Partners

Kara Goodbrand
Talent Acquisition Specialist
Legal & General Investment Management America

Erica Griffin
Associate Director of Membership & Volunteer Services
DuSable Museum

Riley Haemer
Digital Activation Lead
Beam Suntory

Meghan Hartsell Garza
Senior Travel Specialist
William Blair

Linda Hodo
Global Learning Solutions Manager
Zurich North America

Laticia Holbert
Training & Employee Development Manager

Kristel Jensen
Vice President and Regional Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Sarah Langum
5th Group Realty

Tondalaya Lloyd
Lloyd Law Firm LLC

Trak Patel
ARCC Consulting

Tamiko Peete
Senior Project/Program Manager

Allison Pink
UBS Financial Services

Sarah Poulimas, JD

Kristen Prinz, JD
The Prinz Law Firm

Regan Sonnabend
Director, Marketing & Communications
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Allyce Stanley
‎Senior Associate – Management Consulting, CIO Advisory

Jenna White

Nura Yanaki, JD
Polsinelli P.C.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Staff Contacts:

Brian Starr
Director, Inspired Engagement
1 North LaSalle, Ste. 1150
Chicago, IL 60602
312.762.2710 w