Grace Chan McKibben, Speaker

Grace Chan McKibben is Executive Director of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. She has held many senior level positions in diverse organizations including the University of Chicago, Illinois Department of Employment Security, LaSalle Bank, Chinese American Service League, SOS Children’s Villages, Common Cause Illinois, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and Indo-American Center. In these roles she created numerous programs that focus on bringing communities together and amplifying the voices and influence of marginalized communities. She has also maintained a freelance consulting practice in translation and language research and owns a consulting company that provides fundraising and communications services. Grace has served on numerous boards and commissions over the years and is currently an appointed member of the Illinois Asian American Employment Plan Advisory Council and the Chicago Community Development Commission. She also serves on the boards of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union, and the National American Civil Liberties Union (where she is also an elected member of the Executive Committee). Grace holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, as well as an MA and BA from the University of Chicago. She is a frequently sought after speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion, community outreach and organizing, organizational development, demographics and language research, and innovative programming.