Chance the Rapper, notable names join DuSable Museum board
January 5th, 2017
Chance the Rapper, his politically connected father, presidential pal Dr. Eric Whitaker and a notable financial executive have been named to the board of the DuSable Museum of African American History.
The shakeup at the independent museum located in Washington Park sends a clear message that it plans to build and grow even while living in the shadow of the multi-million-dollar federally funded Barack Obama Presidential Center in nearby Jackson Park. And it’s doing so with the help of Obama’s good friend.
Whitaker is a prominent health-care adviser and entrepreneur. He’s chairman and CEO of TWG Partners and previously worked as an executive vice president at University of Chicago Medical Center. He and his wife, Dr. Cheryl Whitaker, are also close friends of Obama and his wife, Michelle. The couples and their children have vacationed together in Hawaii and around the world. Whitaker and Obama are golfing buddies, too.
“Each one of these new board members will make a great impact on carrying out the mission and goals of the DuSable Museum,” Perri Irmer, the museum’s president and CEO said in a release.
No word yet on who might be stepping down from the current board. The new members bring cachet, experience and connections.
That’s important as the DuSable has struggled–like so many museums nationwide–to stay relevant and attract new audiences and donors.
Chancelor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett attended Jones College Prep high school in the South Loop before going on to acclaim as an independent artist in the music industry. His lyrics speak to the African-American experience today and he addresses those same issues off the stage, often talking about the scourge of gun violence in the city.
His father, Ken Bennett, also has been named to the board. He worked as an aide in the Obama administration before serving in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. He recently was named senior adviser of policy and community affairs at Choose Chicago, the city’s tourist agency.
Joyce Johnson-Miller, the executive vice president of Quadrum Global financial company in New York, has been named board chair. She graduated from Whitney Young High School before going on to acclaim. Today, she’s known nationally for investing in distressed companies.
Two board members with an expertise in construction and community re-development have also joined the board. They are Wilbur Milhouse III, founder, president and CEO of Milhouse Engineering and Construction in Chicago, and Lisa Pilot Livingston, CEO of LCP Managment.