Grant Park Orchestral Association Board of Directors

The Grant Park Orchestral Association is a 501(c)3 organization that presents the Grant Park Music Festival. Members of the Association's Board are dedicated to promoting the unique Festival experience of free, high-quality classical music in Chicago's magnificent Millennium Park.


Mr. Stephen Smith, Chair
Vice President - General Counsel, Amsted Industries

Mr. Adam Grais, Vice Chair
Managing Partner, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP

Ms. Kate Donaldson, Secretary
Principal and Owner, Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Inc.

Mr. Jerry Goldstone, Treasurer
President, BCR Enterprises, Inc. (retired)


Dr. Sam Amelio
Leadership Consultant

Dr. Peter M. Ascoli
Adjunct Professor, Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership

Mr. Peter V. Baugher
Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Dr. Amy Boonstra
Managing Director for Programs and Outreach, University of Chicago Becker Friedman Institute

Mr. Vern Broders
Director of Finance, Oral Health America

Ms. Penny Brown
Civic and Arts Leader

Mr. Michael W. Cusick
Partner, Clarity Partners, LLC

Hon. Rhoda Sweeney Drucker
Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County (retired)

Ms. Renée N. Duba
Wealth Strategist, Stevens Wealth Management

Mr. James B. Fadim
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Conlon Public Strategies

Mr. Michael A. Feder
Managing Director, AlixPartners

Ms. Chantal E. Forster
Director, FosterMilo Strategy & Design

Mr. Paul E. Freehling
Senior Counsel, Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Eileen Friestad
President, CWP Management, Inc.

Mr. Kevin Jones
CEO and Founder, Jones Software Corp.

Mr. Charles M. Kierscht (Past Chair)
Attorney; CEO, Kemper Financial Services, Inc. (retired)

Ms. Marcia E. Lazar
President, Asset Recoveries International, Ltd.

Mrs. Ginger Meyer
Civic and Arts Leader

Ms. Susan Noel
President, Robert & Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Julian Oettinger
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Walgreens, Inc. (retired)

Ms. Erin Roberts (Ex-Officio)
Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Ms. Sheli Z. Rosenberg
Consultant, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Mr. Juan Salgado (Ex-Officio)
Commissioner, Chicago Park District
President & CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino

Mr. Brian Sedlak
Partner, Jones Day

Ms. Maureen Sullivan Taylor
President, Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.

Ms. Jenny Willcox
Independent HR Consultant