A Two Year Progress Report on ‘Benefit Chicago,’ an Initiative Mobilizing $100,000,000 in Impact Investments Through a Collaboration Between The Chicago Community Trust, The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Calvert Impact Capital.
William W. Towns, MBA, Ph.D., is a scholar activist and practitioner dedicated to helping solve civic and urban issues at the structural level. William is the Executive
Director of Benefit Chicago, a collaboration between The Chicago Community Trust, The MacArthur Foundation,
and Calvert Impact Capital, to mobilize $100 million impact investments targeting the social enterprise sector in the Chicago region.
He came to Benefit Chicago from the University of Chicago, where he was an Assistant Vice President and led the Office of Civic Engagement’s Anchor Strategy.
He is alum of Loyola University Chicago, University of Wisconsin, the University of Notre Dame and the Harvard Kennedy School. Currently, he is enrolled in MIT’s Sloan School of Management's Advance Management Program, focusing on strategy and innovation, and is a Ph.D., ABD at Benedictine University where his research in the behavioral sciences focuses on corporate social responsibility.