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Staff

Acting Chairperson and Executive Director Kellye A. Keyes

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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.

General Counsel: Kelleye M. Chube

Kelleye M. Chube was appointed as the General Counsel to the Illinois Commission on Equity & Inclusion on February 16, 2022. Prior to the appointment at the Commission, beginning in January 2019, she served as the General Counsel & Ethics Officer to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Previously, Ms. Chube worked in various roles in the public and private sectors, advising senior staff on legal issues pertaining to the Illinois Executive Branch, including policy initiatives, legislative and administrative proposals, corporate compliance issues, procurement related matters and corporate transactional issues. For a ten-year period prior to working in public policy, Ms. Chube served as General Counsel and Secretary for Shared Technologies, Inc., where she created and managed a legal department, negotiated major loan facilities, managed the company's intellectual property portfolio, reviewed and implemented all legal and compliance policies, and structured, drafted and negotiated US merger and acquisition transactions, distribution contracts and software joint ventures. She has over 20 years of experience negotiating complex corporate transactions with major healthcare providers, software companies, Big Four accounting firms, and large financial institutions. In other legal roles, Ms. Chube conducted internal investigations and worked with clients to mitigate risk through ethics, compliance and operational improvements. Ms. Chube earned her law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.

Deputy Director: Tiffany Johnson

The State of Illinois is happy to announce that Tiffany Johnson has joined the State as the Deputy Director of the newly formed Commission on Equity and Inclusion (CEI). Tiffany be responsible for BEP all operations and continued efforts to increase procurement access for disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Tiffany will work to ensure strong compliance and certification processes that expand promote substantial representation of Businesses owned by Minorities, Women and Persons with Disabilities. Tiffany is eager to work with BEP Staff and the BEP Council to streamline engagement and collaboration with State agencies, institutions of higher education, the BEP vendor community and other stakeholders. Prior to joining the State of Illinois, Tiffany Johnson worked with the Chicago Housing Authority as the Manager of their Contract Compliance Division. Being of service to others is the foundation of her work ethic. She earned a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Xavier University.

Chief Financial and Human Resource Officer: Tracey A. Kenney

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Tracey A. Kenney joined the Illinois Commission on Ethics and Inclusion in March 2022 and serves as Chief Financial and Human Resources Officer. Ms. Kenney previously worked at Crowe LLP for fourteen years serving as the Assistant Director of Business Support for Global Services. Ms. Kenney is a seasoned champion administrating human capital resources in the areas of finance, people development and technology.

Prior to joining the State of Illinois, Ms. Kenney worked in various roles in the private sector, advising on policy, processes, procedures, and compliance related matters. Ms. Kenney is passionate about matters related to Equity and Inclusion and has been a consistent leader in business resources groups and the community advancing education and advocacy.

Ms. Kenney is a lifelong Chicagoan and graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Black Studies.  Ms. Kenney is an Illinois Notary Public.