Ingenuity is pleased to announce the addition of Deepa Gupta (The Boeing Company), Dana Rice (GCM Grosvenor), and Susana Vasquez (LISC Chicago) to its Board of Directors. The 3 add an exciting depth to Ingenuity’s board, whose current membership represents a broad range of expertise including nonprofit management, philanthropy, business, the arts, higher and public education, research, and communications.

Deepa Gupta is Director of Education Initiatives and Strategy at The Boeing Company, where she is responsible for developing a strategic plan to further enhance support of early learning, primary and secondary education, and ensuring alignment with higher education and STEM initiatives across the company aimed at developing the future workforce.

Dana Rice is Director of Community Relations at GCM Grosvenor, where she is responsible for the global firm’s civic and charitable initiatives including grants to nonprofit organizations, event sponsorships, volunteerism, disaster relief efforts, and employee drives.

Susana Vasquez is Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a citywide leader in the development and implementation of innovative neighborhood-based initiatives in such areas as health, safety, education, digital access, and economic development.

“We are excited to welcome Dana, Deepa, and Susana to our board. Each has made significant contributions to the arts sector, and their combined insight, expertise, and passion for improving the education sector greatly benefit Ingenuity in its efforts to ensure the arts are available to all Chicago Public Schools students,” said Paul Sznewajs, Executive Director of Ingenuity.

Gupta, Rice, and Vasquez join current board members Karim Ahamed (HPM Partners LLC), Frank Baiocchi (Polk Bros. Foundation), Francia Harrington (Anna & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation), Mary Ittelson (Ittelson Consulting), Welz Kauffman (Ravinia Festival), Andrew Means (University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy), Peggy Mueller (The Chicago Community Trust), and Robin Steans (Advance Illinois).

Ingenuity’s mission is to leverage the vibrant communities, rich knowledge, and significant resources of Chicago to ensure the arts are a critical component of every Chicago Public Schools student’s education.


Additional information on each new member:

Deepa Gupta is currently the Director of Education Initiatives and Strategy at The Boeing Company. Throughout her career, Ms. Gupta has worked on a range of issues including U.S. public health, global health and economic development, and the performing arts. Prior to Boeing, Ms. Gupta served as a program officer for the MacArthur Foundation where she managed its institutional building program called the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the arts and culture grant program, and internal efforts to define a framework for MacArthur’s programmatic strategy development and impact assessment. Before MacArthur, she was a senior associate at McKinsey & Company and earlier in her career, Ms. Gupta worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Ms. Gupta holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a MA in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She also holds a BA in public policy and biology from the University of Chicago.

Dana Rice is currently the Director of Community Relations at GCM Grosvenor. Ms. Rice provides strategic advice, in addition to financial support, to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Grosvenor employees live and work. Prior to joining Grosvenor, Ms. Rice created and led OneChicagoFund, a nonprofit organization which provides private support for public projects and programs that are Mayoral priorities for the City of Chicago. Earlier in her career, Ms. Rice spent 18 years advising corporate clients on international mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters as senior counsel and asst. general counsel for Pacific Telesis Group (now part of AT&T) and as SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary of eziaz, inc. (an internet start-up) and Levy Restaurants. Ms. Rice holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in sociology and legal studies from Wellesley College.

Susana Vasquez is currently the Executive Director at LISC-Chicago. Ms. Vasquez joined LISC in 2003 as a program officer and soon became director of the Chicago office’s most ambitious effort—the New Communities Program (NCP), a ten-year initiative to build organizational capacity and support comprehensive community development across 16 neighborhoods. As director of that program, she helped define and expand the field of place-based initiatives, while raising more than $60 million from private and public sources to support neighborhood work. Ms. Vasquez began her career in Chicago as a community organizer with the Chicago Rehab Network, the Metropolitan Tenants Organization, and The Resurrection Project, where she became the deputy director. Ms. Vasquez holds an MA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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