Claire Babineaux-Fontenot: Feeding America CEO

My Q&A Highlight:  The Native Society

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The Native Society

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My Deed of the Day: See someone new today—don’t look past anyone.

What do you love most about Your City? Its diversity. Chicago has over 70 diverse neighborhoods. It’s so full of unique people with different lifestyles, interests and contributions.  Oh, did I mention the food? Chicago has taught me that there’s more to pizza here than deep dish and that there’s more to the Chicago food scene than pizza!

Mariama Noguera-Devers: Art Start Programs Manager

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My Goal of the Day: Do one thing that brings a smile to your face whether it’s listening to a good song or checking your favorite social media account for a new meme

My Action of the Day: Look for or follow up on opportunities for Art Start youth and programs

What should everyone try at least once? Authentic food from Trinidad and Tobago. Yes I’m biased, but one taste is all you need and you’re hooked!

Nancy Stellway: Take Stock in Children Palm Beach Executive Director

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My Thought of the Day: I  am so appreciative for my amazing team at Take Stock in Children who work so hard to do the right things for kids.

My Action of the Day: Focusing has been a struggle today but once everyone leaves today I will finish my work before heading home.

What do you love most about Your City? I was born and raised in Palm Beach County. After moving away and living in California for over 10 years, I returned to Palm Beach County to raise my children.  Palm Beach County is so incredily beautiful complete with palm trees, over 20 miles of beautiful beaches and incredible weather.  From the island of Palm Beach to our agricultural areas in Belle Glade and Pahokee, our populations are extremely diverse as is the income disparity.  Yet our community continues to amaze me with their generosity to lift up others.  

Brandon Brown: The Mind Trust CEO

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My Goal of the Day: Maximize the opportunities in front of us to make one more day of progress to ensure more kids in our city have access to a great school.

My Tip of the Day: Assume the best in others.  It makes for a more joyful and hopeful existence.

What do you love most about Your City?  Indianapolis is a city that consistently punches above its weight class.  A few decades ago, we made up our mind that we were going to be the Sports Capital of the World… and we did it.  We have a long track record of incredible mayors who tackled big ideas and consistently built off of each other’s success.  We are a burgeoning tech hub, a place where public-private partnerships are part of our DNA, and a city where people truly embody “Midwestern Nice.”  Most importantly, though, we are the best positioned city in the country to transform our education system so that every student has access to a great public school.

Jesse Hahnel: The National Center for Youth Law Executive Director

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My Goal of the Day: Every child receives the supports and opportunities they need to thrive.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? An everything bagel with whitefish salad, tomatoes, onion and pepper and a tall glass of carrot juice, eaten at home, with my family.

What are you doing at 10:00 AM – Who knows. One of the favorite parts of my job is that it’s so diverse – every day, and every hour, brings something different: legislative strategy, litigation decision-making, running through financials, meeting with partners, speaking with reporters…