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New members to represent P33 and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in efforts to bring investment and jobs to Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – Intersect Illinois today announced two new appointments to its board of directors: Brad Henderson, CEO of P33 and Jack Lavin, CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Henderson and Lavin will bring their experience in public-private partnerships, inclusive economic growth, business development, and more to advance Intersect Illinois’ efforts to attract economic growth and jobs throughout the state.

“Both Brad and Jack bring a tremendous passion for Illinois’ business community and a commitment to accelerating business growth throughout the state,” said Intersect Illinois Chairman John Atkinson. “Companies are choosing to invest and grow in Illinois and we welcome Brad and Jack to our board of directors, a group of leaders dedicated to building on this momentum.”

Brad Henderson and Jack Lavin

BRAD HENDERSON – Brad Henderson is the CEO of P33, an organization dedicated to driving technological and inclusive economic growth in Chicago and beyond. P33 is also behind Innovate Illinois, a public-private initiative that orchestrates efforts to secure federal funding for crucial technologies that will advance the state. Before his tenure at P33, Henderson served as a senior partner at BCG, leading the operations practice.

“I am excited to join the board of Intersect Illinois and contribute to our collective mission of driving inclusive economic growth in our state,” said Henderson. “Illinois has a rich history of innovation, and we continue to lead with cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking advancements that shape our economy and society. The prospects for future growth and opportunities are vast, and I am enthusiastic about contributing to our path ahead.”

JACK LAVIN – Lavin is the president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, which represents organizations of every size and sector throughout the region. Throughout his career, Lavin has focused on economic and business development that creates jobs and improves the quality of life for people in Chicago and Illinois. He has served as the director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, chief of staff for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and COO for the State of Illinois.

“I’m honored to join Intersect Illinois’ Board of Directors and continue to build on the many economic development wins that Illinois has had in the past year, especially investments and growth in the electric vehicle, technology, and quantum space. I look forward to working together to continue this momentum and advance our shared goal of strengthening Illinois’ workforce and bolstering our economy through investments in high-growth industries,” said Lavin.

As the state’s business attraction organization, Intersect Illinois collaborates with partners in the public and private sectors to attract new jobs and investment throughout the state. The organization showcases the state’s advantages including its central location with access to the country and world, its unmatched infrastructure, and its robust workforce fueled by its dynamic higher education system.

Working with industry, academic, civic, and government partners, Intersect Illinois makes it easier for companies to expand in Illinois and provides a range of services to help navigate the site selection process. Intersect Illinois’ board of directors helps the organization generate public good with private sector efficiency.

Henderson and Lavin join board members from companies including Ameren Illinois, ADM, Busey Bank, Carle Health, Chicago State University, Comcast, ComEd, Constellation, Clayco, DLA Piper, 8 Hospitality Group, Illinois American Water, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Illinois REALTORS, Loop Capital, Marsh Chicago, Nicor Gas, OSF Healthcare, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, Related Midwest, Skyway Concession Company, and the University of Illinois System.