Meet the Foundation's Newest Board Members

Mark Lester
JP Morgan Chase

Claire is president and chief operating officer for Environmental Design International (EDI). She joined the firm as a marketing and sales representative in 1996, following a career in the health care industry.  She served as senior vice president of business strategy until early 2015. She leads a firm that is committed to the transformation of underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

Among the organizations in which she is active are: Women's Business Development Center, Advancing Women in Transportation, Lambda Alpha International, and the local chapter of the Society of Military Engineers. She is a current Conservation Cup Committee member and has served on the board of the Cliff Dwellers and as Golf Outing co-Chair for Girls in the Game.

Claire her earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a master’s in health science administration from Central Michigan University.

Claire Williams
Environmental Design International 

Mark is an executive with JPMorgan Chase in the Government Healthcare Higher Education and Non-Profit Banking Group in Chicago for the past eight years. He represents the JPMorgan Chase as the lead negotiator and portfolio manager on all commercial bank lending and banking services contracts.

Mark combines expertise in building relationships and understanding client needs with providing creative, innovative solutions. 

An active community member, he is a board member for Windows of Opportunity and a former member of the Corporate Advisory Board for LaRabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Mark has served as a volunteer basketball coach for many years. Before being named to the Foundation’s board, he has served on the Conservation Cup Committee for the last three years. 
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.