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Thema McDonald

Vice President of Marketing and Communications Thema McDonald is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Chicago History Museum. McDonald is responsible for building public and media awareness, contributing to the success of the Museum’s exhibitions and programs, increasing visitor attendance and revenue, and delivering marketing solutions organization-wide. She is committed to developing More


Cheryl Obermeyer

Vice President of Finance Experience: Chicago History Museum (Vice President of Finance, 2007-present; Director of Information Technology, 2004-2006; Director of Accounting and Information Services, 1997-2003; Director of Accounting, 1991-1996; Accounting Manager, 1984-1990; Accounting Assistant, 1982-1984) Education: Professional development throughout her career at the Museum included studies in Information Technology Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Nonprofit More


Donald Lassere

Donald Lassere, Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President and CEO February 2021 Donald Lassere will join the Chicago History Museum as the Edgar D. and Deborah R. Jannotta President and CEO on April 12, 2021. In his capacity as President and CEO, Mr. Lassere will serve as CHM’s primary champion, advocate, and spokesperson. He More


Michael Anderson

Vice President of External Engagement and Development Michael Anderson is an accomplished fundraising professional and a longtime advocate of arts and education. Beginning his career as a professional dancer for the prestigious Joffrey Ballet, Michael has since taken center stage as an administrative and fundraising professional, responsible for the growth and financial development for higher More


Land Acknowledgment

The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. The Ojibwe, Odawa, Peoria, Kaskaskia, Miami, Mascouten, Sac and Fox, Kickapoo, Ho-Chunk, Menomonee, and tribes whose names have been lost as a result of genocide also lived, gathered, and traded in this region. Today, Chicago is home More

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