I’m a proud son of Chicago. I was born and raised on the South Side.
My grandfather, Sam Patch, was one of my greatest inspirations. He was a community leader, an activist and one of the closest advisers and personal friends to the late Mayor Harold Washington. Granddad instilled in me a deeply held belief about what can be accomplished in Chicago when we are willing to invest our time and our talents for the greater good.
While I’ve had some great mentors and wonderful opportunities in my career, life wasn’t always easy growing up. I faced the same challenges and fears around lack of economic opportunity and persistent violence that our youth face in neighborhoods today.
But I was fortunate to have a whole village of people around me who invested in me and refused to let me fail.
It will be my mission to invest our financial capital in our future, in our youth, in Our Chicago. This won’t be easy. It will take our collective time and talents.
The innovations from this office that save taxpayers money and enhance our investments will allow us to do more good for more people. That means more resources to educate and empower our youth, more jobs for our communities and better safety for our neighborhoods.
We can invest in the infrastructure and industries that will keep our city vibrant and competitive for generations to come.
I hope you will join me in this mission of Investing in Our Chicago.
Kurt A. Summers is a son of Chicago and a pragmatic problem solver who is passionate about serving the people of Chicago.
Kurt has become one of the most sought after leaders in the private sector. However, his heart is rooted in public service.
At an early age, Kurt was inspired by his grandfather Sam A. Patch, a senior advisor and lead strategist for late Mayor Harold Washington. Patch instilled in Kurt a belief in what was possible if people were willing to invest their time and talent to contribute to the greater good.
That legacy of service is rooted in everything Kurt does. Before answering the call to serve as City Treasurer, Kurt was a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management and a member of the Office of the Chairman. In this role, Kurt was a leader of the Emerging and Diverse Manager business, which invested over $2 Billion with minority- and women-owned firms.
Prior to joining Grosvenor, Summers served as Chief of Staff to the Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and as the appointed Trustee for the Cook County Pension Fund. Kurt led the closure of a $487 million budget deficit while keeping the administration’s promise to rollback the county sales tax, saving taxpayers more than $400 million a year. He also helped pave the way for a more sustainable health and hospitals system
Kurt’s first foray into public service was as an aide to Congressman Bobby Rush in 2000. A few years later, he was a James H. Dunn Fellow and aide to the Chief of Staff in the Illinois Governor’s Office.
Kurt answered the call to serve as Chief of Staff for Chicago 2016, the city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The ambitious plan called for development in struggling neighborhoods and sealed Kurt’s passion to help Chicago showcase all it has to offer.
His private sector experience includes serving as a Managing Director at Ryan Specialty Group, a specialty insurance services firm. He was Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Head of Business Development at the Balton Corporation, a wholesale distribution company in Chicago and an Associate at Goldman Sachs in the Industrials Group of the Investment Banking Division.
Mr. Summers began his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Summers received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Management Distinction High Honors in Finance and International Business, with a minor in East Asian Studies, from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.
Kurt attended Harvard Business School where he met his wife of ten years, Helen Summers, and received his Master of Business Administration in 2005.