Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League | The Officers
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The Officers


Deana Simone Ingram


Deana Ingram first joined MetroBoard in March of 2013. Immediately after joining she became involved by becoming the Project Manager for the Community Service Committee. In this position Deana was successful in implementing a new signature program for MetroBoard, Teen Build, increased engagement for members through community service efforts and outreach, has developed a strong community image for MetroBoard through community partners and has proven to be a dedicated team member willing to do what is needed to push the movement forward. Deana has also served as Vice President and is currently  serving her second term as President.


Deana holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. A New Jersey native, Deana is a transplant to the Chicago-land area and has been a resident since 2013.

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Ekua Davis

Ekua Davis is a native of Chicago’s southside and joined MetroBoard in January 2016 where she immediately served as Membership Retention Chair. Ekua received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University majoring in Chemical Engineering with minors in French and Chemistry. Ekua currently works as a Project Development Engineer for Johnson Controls. In her professional life, her passion for STEM meets her passion for service as she is a co-lead for the local branch’s collegiate NSBE partnerships.

Ekua is excited to be a leader in MetroBoard and honored to be a part of the National Urban League movement.

Natalie Richards


Natalie Richards joined the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League in July 2016 after moving to Chicago from her native South Florida. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida in Journalism with a minor in African American Studies and her Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Florida Atlantic University. Currently, she is the Development Manager for the Black Ensemble Theater where she develops and implements cultivation strategies for business partnerships and high-level individual donors.

Natalie is honored to serve as Treasurer in Metroboard and excited to bring her passion for strategic planning and project management to this leadership position.


Kevin Itima



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