Shari Runner is President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, where she leads strategic planning, development, programming, and community outreach for the organization. A native of Chicago, she has long been an active part of the city’s civic and cultural life.
Runner began her tenure with the Chicago Urban League in 2010 as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Community Development. In this role, she oversaw operations in all programmatic areas, and worked with the president and CEO to increase financial support to the Urban League and to establish short and long term strategic objectives.
Runner began her career in finance and trading and traveled nationally and internationally marketing banking services. She has also worked as an entrepreneur, management consultant, and community advocate, with more than 25 years in operations and financial management.
Her civic leadership includes serving on the board of directors of Urban Gateways and as the president of the board of directors of the Bright Promises Foundation. She has been actively involved with the Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity program since 2000.
Runner received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and her MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.