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 founded Technology Access Television, Chicago's long running weekly television news show of which he is the Executive Producer and Host. Montgomery also established the Entrepreneur Success Program, which serves early-stage business founders in accelerating their path to sustainable growth. He has also previously been employed at Sunshine Enterprises and Operation HOPE. 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: Daniel Reichen
Reichen currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Illinois Army National Guard where he manages recruitment and human capital resources. In his role, he has planned, directed, and administered the human resources programs for nearly 2500 full-time National Guard personnel. Prior to his service as Director, Reichen served the Illinois Army National Guard as the Senior Human Resources Officer and the Deputy Director of Plans, Operations and Training, roles in which he budgeted, managed, and appropriated a $50 million dollar training budget. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business from Illinois State University and a Master of Social Science from the United States Army War College.