Gloria Castillo is the director of We Rise Together, a multi-faceted initiative of The Chicago Community Trust to ensure the Chicago region’s equitable recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Castillo is the former president and CEO of Chicago United, a corporate membership organization that advances multiracial leadership in business to achieve parity in economic opportunity for people of color. She is a pioneering advocate for diversity, inclusion and justice through the lens of business strategy. Numerous organizations have recognized Castillo’s work, including an honorary doctorate in social justice from Roosevelt University in 2017 and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award in 2018. Highly regarded as an active and outspoken inclusion advocate in Chicago’s business community, Castillo has served on numerous boards and commissions. Currently, she serves as chairman of the Field Foundation Board of Trustees and director of Mather.
Jeromé (pronounced Jeremy) joins the Trust as campaign fundraising manager after spending several years as the executive director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. Before that, Jeromé was an associate director with CCS Fundraising and was the assistant to the deputy chief of staff in Governor Pat Quinn’s office. He is currently co-chair of AFP Chicago LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, the board chair of YNPN Chicago, and was listed among Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Executives in 2020. He has a bachelor's in Communications from Alabama State University and an MPA in non-profit management from the University of Illinois at Springfield.