FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 12, 2017
Summers for Chicago Hires Senior Advisor for Fundraising & Strategy
CHICAGO, IL — City Treasurer Kurt A. Summers Jr. today announced the hiring of a full-time staff member for his campaign committee, Summers for Chicago.
Starting this week as Senior Advisor to Summers for Chicago, Rachel Hoge will be responsible for fundraising and strategic planning for the Treasurer. Hoge comes with nearly a decade of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, starting her career at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
“I am thrilled to have Rachel join our team, and I know she will hit the ground running. She will be working with me day-to-day in order to ensure that we are addressing the ideas and concerns of the residents of our community and engaging people from all across the city, county and state on the issues that matter,” said Treasurer Kurt Summers.
Hoge served as Chair for the Young Professionals committee for Kim Foxx’s Cook County State’s Attorney campaign. Most recently, Hoge served as Associate Director for Free Spirit Media, a $1.8M youth organization engaging over 700 young adults on the city’s South and West Sides.
“I am excited for the Treasurer to leverage Rachel’s energy, skills, and sense of purpose to continue to do great things for our neighborhoods. Rachel had a tremendous impact on Free Spirit Media, and I believe her commitment to civic participation has great value for our city,” said Free Spirit Media Executive Director, Jeff McCarter.
Hoge is a member of the New Leaders Council Chicago Advisory Board, was a fellow in 2012, and has served on the organization’s national board. New Leaders Council is a leadership development organization with 42 chapters across the country, dedicated to recruiting, training, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders.
“Rachel can be counted on to be a reflective voice of reason and compassion when tackling any challenge. She has a strong understanding and awareness of how policy influences everyday action, and her demeanor and approach is unique in this political climate,” said New Leaders Council President, Mark Riddle.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hoge received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. She is a member of the She100 LGBTQ giving group and Association of Fundraising Professionals. Originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Hoge currently resides in Ukrainian Village.