Trustee Biography

Kurt A. Summers, Jr.

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Appointed Trustee

Treasurer of the City of Chicago

Kurt A. Summers is a son of Chicago and a pragmatic problem solver who is passionate about serving the people of Chicago.

Chicago’s newest City Treasurer is the steward of the city’s $7 billion dollar investment portfolio, responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s finances, and an advocate for programs that promote economic growth and financial literacy.

Summers has hit the ground running: he has proposed an ambitious and audacious 90-day-plan called “Invest in Our Chicago.” The document is intended to act as a roadmap, focused on leveraging Chicago’s economic power to increase investment in its residents, workers, businesses and neighborhoods.

A legacy of service is rooted in everything Kurt does.

Before answering the call to serve as City Treasurer, Kurt was a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management and a member of the Office of the Chairman. In this role, Kurt was a leader of the Emerging and Diverse Manager business, which invested over $2 Billion with minority- and women-owned firms.

Prior to joining Grosvenor, Summers served as Chief of Staff to the Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and as the appointed Trustee for the Cook County Pension Fund. Kurt led the closure of a $487 million budget deficit while keeping the administration’s promise to rollback the county sales tax, saving taxpayers more than $400 million a year. He also helped pave the way for a more sustainable health and hospitals system.

Kurt answered the call to serve as Chief of Staff for Chicago 2016, the city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The ambitious plan called for development in struggling neighborhoods and sealed Kurt’s passion to help Chicago showcase all it has to offer.

Kurt currently serves on the boards of Navy Pier, Get In Chicago and as the co-chair of the Friends of Lucas Museum, in support of The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Directions to the Fund Office

LaSalle Wacker Building Directions:
The Fund is located on the corner of LaSalle Street and Wacker Drive in the LaSalle Wacker Building. There are several nearby parking garages; the closest is located ½ Block North in the 203 LaSalle building. Public Transportation is also a viable option as we are near several CTA bus lines, the Clark & Lake “L” stop. The office is also located within a mile of the Metra Station. Please reference Google Maps for the many available options.