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Meghan Harte, left, runs a LISC staff meeting. At right is Program Assessment Director Taryn Roch. 0

Longtime government aide steps into new arena

July 7th, 2016

UPDATED.

Meghan Harte, a lifelong basketball fan and coach who most recently served as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been named executive director of LISC Chicago.

That’s the organization that supports neighborhood planning efforts and works with nonprofits to assist those neighborhoods. LISC stands for Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Harte replaces Susana Vasquez, who left last year for a job at IFF (Illinois Facilities Fund).

“I really wanted to work more in neighborhoods. I have a lot of experience already,” said Harte, who along with assisting Emanuel had two stints working as an aide to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, including as deputy chief of staff.

“That’s three times working for a mayor of Chicago. I couldn’t stay away…sort of like the Michael Jordan of City Hall,” she told me, referring to the former Chicago Bulls star’s retirement from and then return to the NBA.

It’s not a strained analogy. Harte, 47, loves the game. The married mom with two children also is a volunteer coach at ABC Pilsen, a nonprofit that combines basketball with homework and community service. “I like working in the community and I’m super interested in basketball,” she says.

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