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Christopher G. Kennedy

Current Term


Appointed By Governor


Professional Experience

  • Chairman, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Founder and Chairman, Top Box Foods
  • Past President, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (2000 to 2011)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Executive Committee Member, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Director, Ariel Mutual Funds
  • Director, Interface Inc.
  • Member, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Global Advisory Board
  • Co-chair, Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council
  • Member, Green Ribbon Committee
  • Treasurer, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation
  • Former chairman, Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
  • Former chairman, Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Former trustee, The Catholic Theological Union
  • Former member of board, The Center for Disability and Elder Law
  • Former member of board, Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Former member of board, Citizens Energy Corporation
  • Former member of board, El Valor Agency
  • Former member of board, The Heartland Alliance
  • Former member of board, The Illinois Council on Economic Education 
  • Former member of board, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Former member, Association of Governing Boards’ Council of Board Chairs


  • M.B.A., Northwestern University (1994)
  • B.A., Boston College (1986)

Party Affiliation