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COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO
Hope Daniels is currently an Associate Professor/ Teaching Fellow in the School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago. During the 2013-14 academic year she served as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, a rotating position designated by the Faculty Senate.
Between 1993 to 1995 Hope served as deputy press secretary for former United States Senator Carol Moseley Braun.
Hope was acknowledged by the Illinois Campus Compact as a State Farm Faculty Fellow and received a grant to conduct research in audio broadcasting and high school community engagement. She recently completed a book chapter reflecting on the scholarship of her research. She has presented her research on experiential learning and civic engagement at national and international conferences including: the International Association for Research for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the International Technology Educational Conference in Valencia, Spain, Illinois Campus Compact Seminars and the American Association of University Professors. By recommendation of her Chair and Dean, Hope received a Columbia College Chicago Distinguished Teacher Award.
Hope also serves as a consultant on media access and crisis communications for nonprofit organizations. Hope received her MS in Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.
Broadcasting Background: Acknowledged by Women Employed as one of Chicago’s savviest media professionals, Hope Daniels has nearly four decades of experience in broadcast media, higher education and government relations.
In 1981 Daniels began a 12-year career with Century Broadcasting in Chicago as Director of Community Affairs for FM100 where she won awards and accolades from community organizations and the National Association of Broadcasters for her writing and public service broadcasting. Between 1981 and 1993, while working with Century Broadcasting, Daniels additionally hosted two public affairs talk radio programs that were syndicated nationally by Public Interest Affiliates. From 1996 to 2002, she worked with the nationally syndicated AWARE Talk Radio program as a co-host and investigative journalist where her work received an Outstanding Radio Broadcaster award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her broadcast experience also spans Chicago television. From 1981 to 1983, she was host of WCFC-TV’s “Metroview,” for which she received three Chicago Emmy Award nominations and in 1983, The Golden Angel Award from the National Religious Broadcasters Association for Excellence in public affairs programming. Throughout her broadcast career she has interviewed civic leaders, celebrities, politicians, and citizens. Hope has received numerous awards and honors including: the Social Service Communicators of Chicago Award for Outstanding Media Person of the Year, the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic violence for broadcast excellence in coverage or domestic violence issues, and from the International Association of Fire Fighters for Best Radio Commentary. In addition to her professional activities, Daniels has long been involved with the non-profit community having served on the boards of directors of the Friends of the Chicago Public Library, the National Broadcast Association for Community Affairs, and the Chicago Access Corporation. Hope is currently a member of the Chicago Area Black Journalist Association, the Broadcast Education Association, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Daniels received her B.A., Cum Laude, from California State University at Sacramento and holds a M. S. in Communications from Roosevelt University.
Daniels is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an Elder at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, and currently resides in Chicago’s Lakeview area.
CHICAGO FILM OFFICE
Leading expert in promoting Chicago as an industry hub and destination for film, television and media production. Over 20 years experience growing the creative industries through hands-on advocacy, public/private partnerships, effective project management and informed problem solving.
Working directly with producers, directors, designers, and in collaboration with local, state and federal officials, has made possible the on-location production of major motion pictures, network television series, independent features, documentaries and other media.
As film industry spokesperson on behalf of the City of Chicago, acquired extensive media experience with local & national press, as well as frequent speaking engagements at professional symposiums, festivals and industry events.
Credited for positioning the city as an expanding creative hub and valued destination for Hollywood production.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONSULTANT
PRAIRIE STATE STRATEGIES
Doug O’Brien specializes in public affairs and strategic communications consulting for clients dealing with regulatory and policy challenges with specific expertise in the health care and energy sectors. He helps clients anticipate challenges and opportunities in the public policy and public relations arenas to maximize positive positioning and minimize unforeseen roadblocks. He also serves as a senior consultant to several specialized public affairs consulting firms.
Additionally, Doug assists clients with crisis communications counsel as well as media and communications training services.
In 2005, Doug was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt to lead the department’s operations in the Midwest as Regional Director. In this role, he was a prominent figure in health care policy in the region, working extensively with states on Medicare and Medicaid, and public health issues and serving as the Department spokesperson in some of the nation’s biggest media markets.
From 2007 to 2010 he served as Chairman of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Health care Council, which is the health policy arm of the state’s largest private sector advocacy organization.
Prior to HHS, Doug served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative (now Senator) Mark Kirk of Illinois, providing strategic and administrative leadership, focusing on healthcare, foreign policy, transportation, armed services and environmental issues.
Before joining Congressman Kirk, Doug served as Director of Public Relations forIMCGlobal, an Illinois-based, international agrichemical company where he headed up advocacy, lobbying, crisis communications and media relations efforts. He is also a frequent commentator on public policy issues, having appeared as a guest on nationally syndicated radio and television public affairs programs. He currently serves as executive director of the Illinois Clean Energy Coalition, an organization made up of business and civic leaders and energy experts advocating use of clean energy that also preserves a reliable and cost effective market for consumers.
Doug has extensive experience managing and consulting on political campaigns at the local state and federal levels, specializing in policy and message development. Doug received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Notre Dame.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Pedro DeJesús serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for
Tampico Beverages, Inc. where he serves on the Company’s Executive Leadership Team. Tampico Beverages is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of high quality and value added flavored drink concentrates. Selling under the TAMPICO brand name, it is a leading flavored drink brand in the United States and in more than 50 countries around the globe, outselling many well-known beverages. Tampico Beverages is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Houchens Industries, Inc., a diversified conglomerate that employs over 16,000 employee owners in businesses such as retail grocery and convenience stores, quick-to-service restaurants, insurance, manufacturing, software, recycling, tanning supply distribution, franchising of optical stores, financial services and property management.
Houchens Industries is the largest 100% employee-owned company in America. Mr. DeJesús’s principal areas of focus are commercial negotiations, corporate governance, mergers and acquisition, intellectual property rights management, domestic and internal legal affairs and providing business and strategic advice to the management team and its Board of Directors. Prior to joining Tampico Beverages, Mr. DeJesús practiced at several nationally recognized law firms and private sector corporations and also completed a Fellowship in the Chicago office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“MALDEF”).
Mr. DeJesús is active in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations. He serves on the Roosevelt University Board of Trustees and on the Boards of Directors of the Better Government Association, the Lake Forest Country Day School and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In addition, on March 13, 2014 the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative jointly reviewed and approved the re-appointment of Mr. DeJesús to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Consumer Goods (“ITAC”) for the 2014-2018 charter term. ITAC is a public-private partnership that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy. Industry advisors provide detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations regarding trade barriers and the negotiation of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations, ensuring industry has a voice as the Administration advances its trade agenda to improve economic opportunities for America’s businesses, workers, and consumers.
The Chicago Sun-Times has described Mr. DeJesús as a “self-made son of Dominican immigrants” and the Chicago Tribune has stated “DeJesús…has the makings of a leader in Chicago.” He was named one of Chicago’s top minority executives by Chicago United, receiving the celebrated Business Leaders of Color award as featured in Crain’s Chicago Business. He received the Chicago Latino Network Founder’s Award for his work on behalf of Chicago’s Latino community and Diversity MBA Magazine selected Mr. DeJesús as one of the “Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders” in the United States. Mr. DeJesús was selected and featured as one of “Chicago’s Very Own” by WGN Television in 2012 and he was featured in the inaugural edition of Who is Who in Hispanic Chicago Power.
Mr. DeJesús received his undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University and his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. DeJesús was born and raised in Chicago and he currently lives in Lake Forest, Illinois