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Center for Economic Progress Elects New Board Officers, Members

CHICAGO -- The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) has ushered in the New Year with changes to its board leadership. Harlan Teller, a Chicago public relations veteran and current CEP board member, has been elected Board Chair, following a stint as chair of the organization’s nomination and governance committee. Teller succeeds Daniel Nielsen as board chair, and will serve a two‐year term.

Teller is currently a senior managing director for the strategic communications unit of FTI Consulting, working in the firm’s Chicago office. He has enjoyed a 35‐year career in local, regional and global senior management positions. He also serves on the board of The Gateway for Cancer Research, Northern Illinois Alumni Association and WTTW/11.

In his leadership role, Teller will be joined by Eric Grant as Secretary/Treasurer and two new board members ‐‐ Mary Alberts, Cole Taylor Bank and George Wright, Citi. Each member brings a unique skill set to the Board of Directors to help guide CEP as it moves forward with its goals and initiatives in 2013 aimed at better serving low‐income families in the Chicagoland area in their efforts to move up the ladder of financial success.


Eric D. Grant is Managing Partner at Polaris, a Chicago‐based financial services firm and among the most experienced African American personal financial advisors in the industry. A strong advocate for financial literacy in minority communities, he is a regular pundit in media outlets such as Black Enterprise, The Wall Street Journal, WVON radio and on various television programs. Eric is also the host of the weekly radio show, The Family Meeting, on Saturday mornings on WVON.

Mary C. Alberts, Senior Vice President of Cole Taylor Bank, is a senior member of the Special
Assets Department. She brings extensive business leadership and advisory experience to these positions. Alberts received a Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University.

George Wright is a 30‐ year veteran within the financial services industry. His experience spans customer service, mortgages, regulatory CRA and Fair Lending and Community Development with stops along the way in training and marketing. In his current role at Citi, he is responsible for Community Development across the Midwest Region, which spans 17 States in the US and Canada.

2013 CEP Board Members

Harlan Teller, FTI Consulting (Board Chair)
Eric Grant, Polaris (Secretary & Treasurer)
Greg Goldner, Resolute Consulting (Committee Chair, External Affairs)
Brendan Lynch, Bank of America (Committee Chair, Nomination & Governance)
David May, Audrey Ventures (Committee Chair, Internal Affairs)
Mary Alberts, Cole Taylor Bank
Lisa Canafax, Towers Watson
Laura Duda, Exelon
Michael Fisher, COUNTRY Financial
Karen Heisler, Rural Dynamics, Inc.
Scott Matrenec, Fenwick Automotive
Alberto Ortega, Sodexo
Ray Padilla, Northern Trust
Lauren Robinson, American Bar Association
Daniel Sprehe, JPMorgan Chase
George Wright, Citi