The Institute of Cultural Affairs and the Ecumenical Institute have hired Philip Waitzman as the new Interim Executive Director, effective Oct 19, 2020. Phil will facilitate the development of a strategic business model and supporting systems that reflect Institutes’ rich history and mission to build a just and equitable society in harmony with planet Earth.
“As a licensed social worker and having served as president and CEO of a mid-to-large sized nonprofit that was both domestic and global, my hope is to bring experiences, ideas, and a collaborative approach that encourages all of our staff and board members to get the best out of each and every one of us so that we can maximize our ability to find the best solutions, the best offerings, the best that ICA can be relative to our clients, to our stakeholders, and to our community,” Phil said.
“I believe that we can look at ToP, GreenRise, and our other assets and identify how can we best offer those in a way that individuals, groups, and organizations are interested in using what ICA has to offer.”
Phil brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience to the role. He is deeply experienced in working with clients both as a strategic executive leader and as a direct practice clinician, having worked numerous roles with institutions such as Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Vision Share, the American Orthopaedic Association, and more. He is a Licensed Social Worker who has received an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Public Health (MPH) degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
After more than five years of service, Ted Wysocki retired from his role as CEO of ICA and EI at the end of September. He continues on in a consultant role focused on the continued and successful completion of our critical GreenRise Restoration Project (GRRP). Colleagues joined friends and family for a virtual celebration of his leadership and legacy. Ted started his 46 year community development career working nationally under Gale Cincotta, who championed the passage and implementation of the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). He served as President and CEO of the Chicago Association of Neighborhood Development Organizations (CANDO) and the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Council—now known as North Branch Works—before coming to ICA. Ted is also a director emeritus of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and continues to write for his blog, U2CANDO.
“My highlights during my time with ICA include the 2016 Climate Action conversations conducted in multiple cities in collaboration with ToP facilitators and the growth of the Archives Team as they advanced their website and new Social Research Center. I will always treasure the 40th anniversary celebration of the Band of 24 in October 2017,” Ted reflected.
“My hopes for the future encompass realizing the vision of the GreenRise Restoration Project, as well as ICA’s re-engagement into the urgent issues of social justice in Uptown, Chicago and throughout the US to demonstrate a just and equitable society.”