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

2018-2019 Metroboard of the CUL ELT, Group photo and headshots.

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.

2018-2019 Metroboard of the CUL ELT, Group photo and headshots.

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.
2018-2019 Metroboard of the CUL ELT, Group photo and headshots.

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.

Jonathan McGee

Jonathan McGee

Financial Secretary

Jonathan McGee is a seasoned program manager, public affairs professional, and external affairs expert with over 5 years of non-profit, public sector, and higher education experience. He currently serves as a Consultant for Get In Chicago, a public private collaborative aimed at reducing gun violence among acute at risk youth in Chicago’s neighborhoods that are impacted most by poverty and violence. 
As former Senior Marketing Director at the Graduate School of Political Management, he oversaw the development and execution of the marketing/recruitment strategy for the first and foremost school of applied politics, legislative affairs, strategic public relations, and global advocacy. 

Previously, Jonathan served as a Legislative Assistant for U.S Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX 30). My legislative portfolio included the following issue areas: Agriculture, Energy, Education, Telecommunications, Science, Space, and Technology. He worked on the 2015 Omnibus Bill, ESSA, NASA Re-authorization, and Paris Climate Accord.

Lastly, he also worked for the Partnership for Public service, a non partisan, non profit organization that seeks to revitalize our federal government by transforming the way government works and inspiring a new generation to serve. He currently serves as Financial Secretary for the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League [MetroBoard]. He is excited about being apart of the board because of his Chicago roots, passion for public service, and deep affinity for uplifting people in his community out of poverty. Lastly, during his tenure, he plans to be a tireless advocate for MetroBoard engagement, a revenue generator and manager, and recruit sponsors to fund MetroBoard initiatives. 

2018-2019 Metroboard of the CUL ELT, Group photo and headshots.

Kevin Itima


Kevin Itima joined the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League in January of 2018 after moving to Chicago from Houston, TX. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University in psychology and his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Houston with a focus on non-profit management. He joined MetroBoard to integrate himself into the Chicago service community and hopes to help the organization reach its full potential. Currently, he manages his own portfolio of a real estate investments and looks to grow that in the Midwest.

Kevin is excited to serve as the Secretary of MetroBoard and learning more about the logistical framework behind this thriving movement.

2018-2019 Metroboard of the CUL ELT, Group photo and headshots.

Crystal Higginbotham


Crystal Higginbotham, a native of Detroit, holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Scientific and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. She joined Metroboard in January of 2018 after moving from Philadelphia to Chicago. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago–Harris School of Public Policy.  Crystal has a wide-range of experience in portfolio management, data analytics and market research across several segments including, but not limited to: Manufacturing, Transportation, and Healthcare.
She is an advocate of financial literacy and committed to youth development as a current instructor with Operation Hope, former Teach for America educator, and former Region IV Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers. 
Crystal is elated to serve as the Parliamentarian for MetroBoard and excited to leverage her passion for operational efficiency and leadership development.