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Aurie Pennick is executive director of the Field Foundation of Illinois. She has more than thirty-five years in the public and nonprofit sector. She has served as the president and CEO of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the nation's oldest fair housing organization, and as the managing attorney administrator for the Chicago Transit Authority, Legal Services Branch. She served as the assistant director for special grants at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she designed and implemented the Fund for Neighborhood Initiatives, a multi-million dollar grant program for small and emerging community organizations.
In 1983, Ms. Pennick was appointed by the late Mayor Harold Washington to the Chicago Police Board. In 1995, she was awarded the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. In 1996, she was appointed by then HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to the Official U.S. Delegation for the Habitat II Global Conference on Cities in Istanbul, Turkey. She has served on the boards of the Field Museum and Rush Hospital Medical Center.