Community Desk Chicago was established in 2019 at The Chicago Community Trust through a collaborative partnership with Boston Consulting Group(BCG)’s Center for Illinois’ Future and JPMorgan Chase to examine and address challenges impacting economic development in Chicago’s Black and Latinx communities. The Desk’s work builds on research conducted by BCG and is informed by the extensive work of many others advancing place-based community development. We believe economic investment transforms these neighborhoods, and that it is essential to connect Black and Latinx communities in Chicago with capital and resources to move economic development projects forward.
— Charlie Corrigan, Executive Director, Central Region Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Thought Leadership. Know-How. Capacity.
Community Desk Chicago is an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust.
BCG and the Center for Illinois’ Future provide thought partnership, research support, and talent to the Desk.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation provides thought partnership, financial expertise and funding to the Desk.
Ja’Net brings more than 15 years of experience across real estate, consulting, government, and community engagement to the Desk. In addition to leveraging the Founding Partners, the Desk is supported by talent and subject matter experts from top institutions across finance, real estate, management consulting, and philanthropy. The Desk taps into its network to assemble the expertise needed to support each project and position it to secure the necessary funding to move forward.