Advisory Board

Evolve's advisory board is a small group of trusted business leaders, nonprofit experts, and entrepreneurs who provide counsel and support Evolve's growth.

 

Advisory Board

David T. Brown

Chairman & Principal, Much Shelist, P.C.
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Chairman & Principal, Much Shelist, P.C.

David T. Brown

David T. Brown is Chairman of Much Shelist, P.C., a full-service law firm headquartered in Chicago.  He is an accomplished attorney who counsels public companies and closely held businesses on complex matters, including strategic planning, talent development, acquisitions and dispositions, private placements of debt and equity, and tax and entity structures. Prior to his appointment as chairman, David served as chair of the firm’s management committee for 13 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and earned his J.D. at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Active in Jewish philanthropy both locally and nationally, David is the immediate past National Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), a member of the organization's Executive Committee and chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council/Jewish Council for Public Affairs Task Force, which examines Jewish community relations in the United States.  David is an active board member of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) and past chairman of its board of directors.  In 2016, David received the Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award from JUF, the organization's highest honor.  David also serves on the board of directors for BBYO, is active in AIPAC and is a regular visitor to Israel.  In 2017, he received the Man of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service from Jewish fraternity Zeta Beta Tau.  David is also Chapter Chair for YPO Gold Chicago Chapter.

David is a regular speaker and writer on a broad range of topics (including business planning and succession, and the business aspects of the legal profession), and has received a number of awards from the legal, business and philanthropic communities.  He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and has run the Chicago Marathon 11 times, on behalf of the American Liver Foundation, the American Cancer Society and, most recently, JUF.  He and his wife, Suzanne Muchin, have five children and live in Chicago.

Timothy M. Russell

Vice President of Community Engagement, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW)
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Vice President of Community Engagement, Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WTTW)

Timothy M. Russell

Timothy M. Russell is a diversity, inclusion and CSR strategist and champion of purpose-driven strategy and culture.  He is currently the Vice President of Community Engagement and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of Chicago-based Window to the World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), parent company of public television station WTTW and classical music station WFMT.  Tim is responsible for leading WWCI’s community engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts focused on shaping the organization’s vision and strategy.

Tim’s background includes more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, including as the Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for CDK Global and the Director, Global Diversity and Engagement for PepsiCo Inc.  Before PepsiCo, Tim held positions at Sara Lee Corporation and the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation in Chicago.  In addition, he was a Policy Associate for the Chicago Jobs Council and the Assistant Director of the Paternal Involvement Demonstration Project.  Tim came to Illinois from Ohio where he served as a Grant Associate for the Nord Family Foundation.

Tim has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations including Evanston Community Foundation, Goodman Theatre, The Association of Black Foundation Executives (former Chair), Chicago African Americans In Philanthropy (former Chair), Urban Prep, Muntu Dance Theatre, Paternal Involvement Project, School Street Movement and the Lorain County Midnight Basketball Program.  Currently, Tim is a board member of Chicago Cares.

Tim received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and religion from Oberlin College, earned a Masters of Theological Studies from Garrett Theological Seminary and completed a certificate program in Business Administration at Loyola University Chicago. Tim and his wife, Joi-Anissa, and their children – Mark and Ava – live in the Chicago suburb of Evanston.

Clare G. Golla, CFP

Senior Vice President & National Managing Director, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
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Senior Vice President & National Managing Director, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Clare G. Golla, CFP

As National Managing Director of Bernstein’s Foundation and Institutional Advisory team, Clare Golla and her team drive business strategy, thought leadership, and implementation of comprehensive investment management for foundations and other tax-exempt institutions. As a leader at the firm, Clare serves as a member of AB’s global Corporate Responsibility Advisory Council, and as chair of the firm’s Central Region Diversity Champions Council. A frequent public speaker and writer, she also hosts “Inspired Investing,” a podcast dedicated to nonprofit and philanthropic financial health and best practices. Clare joined Bernstein in 2010 as a financial advisor, she was promoted to Principal in 2016, Managing Director in 2018, and Senior Vice President in 2019.  Prior to joining the firm, Clare led the institutional practice for a leading community development financial institution. She earned her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, her MA from The University of Chicago, and she is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Clare has served on numerous boards and finance committees and currently acts as Treasurer for the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund. She lives with her family in Oak Park, Illinois.

K. Sujata

Leadership Development Strategist & Consultant
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Leadership Development Strategist & Consultant

K. Sujata

K. Sujata is a consultant and advisor to social impact organizations and leaders helping accelerate growth and achieve impact at scale.  Prior to starting her consulting business, Sujata served as President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) from 2011-2019, a grantmaking organization focused on basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls. She worked closely with the board to advance racial and gender equity both internally and externally and led the foundation through double digit growth.  She is a methodical, purposeful and strategic leader who works quickly to assess the needs of an organization, build trusting relationships with staff and board and develops and implements strategies that will position the organization for its permanent leadership. Sujata has also served at the Eleanor Foundation, as Executive Director of Apna Ghar, Director of Chicago Continuum of Care (now All Chicago) and Director of Planning and Development at Interfaith Housing Development Corporation.

Sujata received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, her MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology, and studied engineering in her native India.

Stacy Kirk

CEO, QualityWorks Consulting Group
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CEO, QualityWorks Consulting Group

Stacy Kirk

As an entrepreneur, Agile Coach, and speaker, Stacy Kirk has championed quality and process innovation in software development for over 20 years. After graduating from Stanford University’s School of  Computer Science, she gained experience as a developer, tester, and leader in diverse industries including entertainment, security, finance, and healthcare. In 2010, Stacy founded QualityWorks Consulting Group, an app development firm focused on enabling companies to build higher quality software, create diverse future-ready teams, and accelerate software delivery. Her company was recognized in 2020 as Inc.’s Best in Business, for its social impact that drives measurable value to clients like AT&T, BB&T, Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Fox, and Legacy.com. Stacy leads a 45+ and growing team of brilliant technologists located across the US and Jamaica, representing diverse backgrounds, including over 46% women of color.  In 2020, she launched Posture, a SaaS platform that leverages intelligence and automation to assess and guide small and midsize enterprises to affordably develop a cyber-resilient organization prepared for the competitive advantages of compliance.

Phyllis Tabachnick

Managing Director/Wealth Partner, J.P. Morgan
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Managing Director/Wealth Partner, J.P. Morgan

Phyllis Tabachnick

Phyllis is a Managing Director/Wealth Partner at J.P Morgan Advisors and is co-founder of The Tabachnick Oskin Group at J.P. Morgan Securities. She serves the investment management needs of individuals, families, and business owners, maintaining a strong commitment to her clients and guiding them in making the tough decisions required to protect and grow their assets.

Phyllis has been at J.P. Morgan and its predecessor firm for over 25 years. She came to Bear Stearns in 1989, transitioning to J.P. Morgan in 2008. A native of Akron, Ohio, Phyllis graduated from Northwestern University and currently lives on the north side of Chicago. She believes passionately in giving back to the community, serving as a mentor to young people in their professional and civic endeavors. Her volunteer work includes the JUF Board of Directors and Investment Committee, JCC Chicago Board of Directors, Hillel's of Illinois, Northwestern University Hillel, and the JCC Association Board.  She also supports JCYS, BBYO, Executive Service Corps, and Northwestern University Alumni Association.

 

Bruce Taylor

Managing Partner, Taylor Investment Partners II
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Managing Partner, Taylor Investment Partners II

Bruce Taylor

Bruce spent his 40-year professional career at Cole Taylor Bank. He served in various positions including President, Chairman, and CEO during that time. Since leaving his full-time role at the bank in 2014, he founded Taylor Investment Partners investing with his family in venture and private equity transactions. He co-founded the NextLevel Exchange, an entrepreneur support program that partners with several organizations serving diverse minority communities in the Chicago Area. He currently serves as Chairman of 18Doors (formerly known as Interfaith Family), treasurer and on the board of governors for The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago, Director of the Jewish Federation of Chicago, Midwest trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and is on the advisory board of MTL Insurance Company, a life insurance and annuity company located in Oak Brook, Illinois. He is also a past Chairman the Illinois Bankers Association.

Bruce earned his B.S. from Babson College in 1977 and his MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1979. He has lived with his wife Barbie in Northbrook for 37 years and they have three children and six grandchildren.

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