Acting Chairperson and Executive Director Kellye A. Keyes
Keyes’ appointment by Governor J.B. Pritzker is the culmination of years of commitment to public service. Keyes is an accomplished professional with a multi-faceted background. She served as a member of the senior staffs of three CEOs of the Chicago Housing Authority, the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court, and the Executive Director of the EEC. Keyes is a proponent of Restorative Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as transparency, and fairness. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Keyes has a decade of hard-driving private sector legal experience, including a Partner position.
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Keyes is a problem-solver who is highly skilled at using her legal expertise and negotiation skills to address operational issues, enhance effectiveness, and also to embrace transparency, community impact and accountability. As Senior Counsel and Chief Counsel of Human Resources and of the Executive Ethics Commission, Keyes used her collaborative and leadership skills to help create and implement a DEI unit for the Chief Procurement Office of General Services as well as advance the agenda of the EEC agency by managing the logistics for the Statewide Ethics Officer Conference while preparing the agency’s $10.1 million budget preparation for Illinois legislators. At the Office of the Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County State of Illinois, Keyes not only developed the $14.4 million budget of the Social Service Department, but also led special projects and collaborated with 7 community partners and 7 agencies to create the Restorative Justice Community Court. For the Chicago Housing Authority, Keyes led negotiations for a $1.6 billion funding agreement with performance metrics and managed the internal consulting arm of the agency. Keyes is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., and Treasurer of the faith-based, non-profit Nehemiah Trinity Rising Board of Directors. Keyes received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and her Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.
Acting Commissioner: Ennedy D. Rivera
Appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to serve as a member of the Commission on Equity and Inclusion, Rivera is a truly honor and grateful for the opportunity to work with the administration, community groups, and state legislators to make Illinois equitable for everyone.
Rivera has served as Chief Legal Counsel at the Office of the City Clerk for the City of Chicago. Prior to this role, she was the Deputy General Counsel at Central Management Services and the General Counsel for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Rivera spent her formative years as a Senior Associate for the law firm of Wysocki and Smith. Her dedication and passion for service is seen through her community involvement. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program, Board of Trustees for Woodlands Academy and previously served on the Board of Directors for Mothers Trust Foundation, the Lake County Community Foundation, the State of Illinois Charitable Trust, the YWCA of Lake County, and is a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Rivera received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.
Acting Commissioner: Bruce E. Montgomery
Bruce Montgomery is an active contributor to Chicago's business, technology, and cultural communities. He is the founder of Montgomery & Company, a digital media, information, and communications technology company. He also founded Technology Access Television, Chicago's long running weekly business, innovation and tech news focused show of which he is the Executive Producer and Host. He established the Entrepreneur Success Program, which serves early-stage business founders in accelerating their path to sustainable growth. He has delivered startup business education programs at Sunshine Enterprises and financial empowerment services for Operation HOPE.
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Bruce serves on the boards of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, (BroadbandIllinois.org) and the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission, (Blackmetropolis.org).
He studied journalism, advertising and marketing at Northwestern University and completed MBEP/AMBEP programs at the Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Acting Commissioner: C. Richard Costes
C. Richard Costes' is honored to be appointed to the Commission on Equity and Inclusion by Governor Pritzker. He has spent the last decade fighting for accessibility for disabled communities in the nonprofit sector.
A devoted advocate for marginalized groups, Richard joins the CEI after working for two years at Communication Service for the Deaf, a constellation of companies that provide products, programs, and services that are designed to create opportunities for deaf people to succeed. Before that he worked for six at the Association for Corporate Growth, the premier global community for middle-market M&A deal-makers and business leaders focused on driving growth. He has also spent nearly a decade as a accessibility consultant for various arts organizations throughout the country; speaking on panels and providing organizational feedback to make their companies more inclusive to both people with disabilities and people of color.
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Richard graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts and he currently serves on the board of the National Theatre of the Deaf, is a member of both Disability LEAD and the 3Arts Artist Council.
Acting Commissioner: Nina Harris
Nina Harris was appointed Chief Administrative Officer of the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology, the State’s best-in-class modernization agency.
Harris previously served as the first female President and CEO of the Springfield Urban League Inc., the fourth largest affiliate of the National Urban League. She successfully expanded social entrepreneurship initiatives, workforce training, early childhood and youth educational intervention services, population health and life quality research and advocacy endeavors. She launched an economic strategic agenda that yielded an 82% increase in its operational budget within one twelve-month period and eliminated all long- and short-term debt for the first time in the Agency’s History. She began her tenure as a member of its Board of Directors.
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A recognized thought leader in transformational community progress and diversity advancement, Harris has a noted resume of corporate and economic development governance.
A native of Springfield, Illinois, she holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Sangamon State University. She and her husband, Jesse, are the parents of one son, Jesse B. Harris IV.