Board of Directors
Board of Directors members serve as a source of advice and counsel, offer discipline value, and act in crisis situations. The board determines policy, measures results, and asks discerning questions so that the foundation can fulfill its mission of investing in the equitable economic advancement of youth and families to facilitate transformational development on the South and West sides of Chicago.
Dr. Caroline Robinson is a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist in Chicago and the founder and CEO of Tone Dermatology, an innovative and inclusive dermatologic practice on Chicago’s near south side. She has expertise in alopecia, preventative dermatology, and skin of color dermatology. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Robinson through her work with organizations and brands serves as an advocate for diversity in dermatology and beauty working to bring awareness to inequities in skin care and healthcare. Dr. Robinson also enjoys teaching and serves as clinical associate faculty at the University of Chicago Department of Dermatology.
She is a graduate of Cornell University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Genetics and Development. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Louisville, graduating with a distinction in research. She subsequently completed her residency at Southern Illinois University, where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She is on the Board of Directors of the Skin of Color Society and committee member of the American Academy of Dermatology, Women’s Dermatologic Society, and American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Lateef became president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center in May 2019. Prior to becoming president and CEO, Lateef was the chief medical officer. As of July 1, 2022, he has been serving in the system-wide role of president and CEO of RUSH, while continuing as president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center.
Under his leadership, the Medical Center has received national attention for its ongoing, effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic, which included building a forward triage, deploying early testing, acceptance of critically ill patient transfers especially from communities hit hardest by the pandemic, and being one of the first health systems to offer antibody testing. In recognition of Lateef’s role in Rush’s response to the crisis, Modern Healthcare named him to their 2021 list of the 100 most influential people in health care in the US.
A nationally recognized leader in the measurement of health care quality, Lateef has worked with physicians and analysts at Rush and from academic medical centers across the nation to evaluate the driving factors and methodology of quality rankings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News and World Report and others.
In January 2020, Lateef was invited by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Lateef and his colleagues evaluated and recommended changes to the rating systems for accuracy and the best reflection of quality. His work to ensure that key national measures are transparent and measure the right, meaningful data points greatly affected how health care quality is reported across the country. Rush University Medical Center was among the first recipients of the Mayor’s Medal of Honor in April 2021. The Medical Center was the only hospital in Chicago to receive the award, established by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to recognize individuals and organizations who made extraordinary contributions to Chicago’s residents throughout 2020 and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under Lateef’s leadership, Rush performed exceptionally well in rankings from government organizations and from private rankings companies. Rush University Medical Center has a five-star rating, the highest possible, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Medical Center has twice earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll and in 2022, Newsweek ranked Rush University Medical Center No. 16 in the U.S. and No. 56 in the world. Other accolades include receiving A grades in 18 of the 19 rounds of grades issued since the Leapfrog Group began rating hospitals in 2012, including the most recent ratings. In 2021, Vizient, Inc., ranked Rush University Medical Center No. 2 in the nation in quality and accountability. In 1995, Lateef earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of Florida-Gainesville. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University and completed his internship and residency at New York University Downtown Hospital. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center in 2005.
Dr. Charlie Dates is the Senior Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Divinity Degree and a PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In 2011, at age 30, he became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s 99-year history.
In 2006, he began serving as the primary preaching assistant to the Rev. James Meeks, Director of Church Operations and as Pastor of Adult Ministries at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago and in in 2002, Rev. Charlie served as an apprentice to Pastor K. Edward Copeland and started his formal, practical training at the New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois. He successfully defended his dissertation for the PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His original research focuses on the health of proclamation in late 20th Century Black Church Chicago.
For reasons that please Him, God has blessed the Progressive Church to grow deep and wide. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute, is a Contributing Editor for Preaching Magazine, and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He is a contributor to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail.
Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.
Tim is a Partner in PwC’s Advisory Cyber, Privacy & Forensic Services practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in information risk management and governance, intellectual property and contract disputes, complex data analysis, eDiscovery readiness, digital forensics preservation and analysis, forensic accounting and high-stakes investigations. He has directed and managed numerous large-scale digital forensics /eDiscovery, information risk management, and complex data analysis projects in matters involving government investigations, litigation matters, data breach, intellectual property theft, money laundering, Anti-Bribery and Corruption, disputes, and various corporate investigations.
Tim’s expertise include providing consultation to government and major public and private corporations across various industries both domestic and international in both preparing for and responding to unplanned events with a legal, regulatory or compliance element. Tim has extensive international client and case experiences within the following geographies: Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North America.
Dubbed an “Uphill Runner” for his uncompromising drive, and Top 50 NFL player in 2015, Matt Forté exemplifies fortitude in every sense. His ability to overcome obstacles, including the impact Hurricane Katrina had on the area in which he was raised and went to college, down to his training, has proven that his fighting spirit prevails despite whatever the obstacle.
Matt was raised in Slidell, Louisiana and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Finance. While attending Tulane, Matt rushed for more than 2,000 yards in his senior year and was on the Heisman Candidate Watch List. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears where he would play for 8 years. In 2016, as an unrestricted free agent, he was signed to the New York Jets. In 2018 Matt announced his retirement from football after 10 seasons, and a two-time ProBowler and was able to retire as a Chicago Bear. He went on to join NBC Sports Chicago Football Aftershow as an analyst.
Matt has been working with youth to instill values and principles he learned growing up and during his illustrious career. In 2013 Matt founded the What’s Your Forté Foundation with his co-Founder and wife Danielle Forté. On the South and West Sides of Chicago, his foundation is a catalyst for equitable economic advancement of youth and their families. He develops the next generation of leaders through strategic teaching which provides structure and stability utilizing a “top down” (physical needs) and “bottom up” (spiritual needs) approach. Matt not only engages but impacts and uplifts the family unit as a whole, understanding that strong families can transform culture in positive ways that last for generations to come.
As a philanthropist, he empowers youth and their families to take advantage of opportunities that harness their talents, and to lean into skills that can further equip them for success.
Versatile, efficient and passionate, three words that describe Danielle Forté’s “get-the-job-done” mentality. Danielle, wife of Matt Forté and mother to their two children, is also the Creative Director and Founder of their family-focused fashion house geared towards women and kids, 828 Brands.
In addition to running 828 Brands and the Forté household, she also heads up initiatives for The What’s Your Forté Foundation as the Foundation’s co-founder. Danielle believes that lending the proverbial hand to someone in need is the first step of the journey ahead.
Danielle is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in PR and Marketing.