Board of Directors

Lisa Duarte – Partner, Forde Law Office Group

Lisa Duarte was born and raised in Chicago.  Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law.

Lisa is a member of the 2015 Edgar Fellow class, serves on the Jobs Committee at Christo Rey Jesuit High School and the Resource Board at the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Sam Hobert – Executive Director, Progress Chicago

Sam Hobert was born and raised in Chicago. A proud product of CPS, Sam graduated from Whitney Young High-School before earning a Bachelor of Arts of International Affairs from the George Washington University.

Sam has worked with progressive candidates and causes on the municipal, legislative and statewide level in Illinois, most recently as campaign manager for the Ameya Pawar for Governor campaign. He’s served as a community representative on the Bell Elementary School LSC, is a next Generation Leader of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC and is involved with One Illinois Media Group, the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, and My Block My Hood My City.