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.
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Yaqui Benson


Yaqui joined the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League in early 2014 and immediately became involved with the Nominations Committee and MBoutique, a MetroBoard Signature Event which provides prom dresses and accessories for teenage girls, as a Dress Manager.


As the 2015-2016 Financial Secretary, Yaqui plans to help implement the vision of the board across all committees. As a Chicago transplant of just under 3 years, Yaqui is an experienced technology professional with a knack for analytics and a passion for strategic planning.


Yaqui double majored in Management Information Systems and Business Administration and continued her education to include an MBA.

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Shunte McMillian

Financial Secretary


Shunte joined the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League in 2011. As the 2017-2018 Financial Secretary, Shunte plans to help create/develop opportunities, as well as be a part of the vision of the organization. Shunte recently moved back to Chicago in 2015, and has continued his quest in creating opportunities for others, whether it is through scholarship, leadership, development, etc.


Shunte majored in Computer Science Engineering and continued his masters education in Business Management.

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Kandice Harris


Kandice Harris has been a member of MetroBoard since Spring 2016. She is a native of Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of The University of Alabama. Kandice moved to the Windy City in 2012t to pursue her law degree at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  During law school, she worked in various positions focusing on public interest, housing, and corporate law. After graduating in May 2015, Kandice decided to make Chicago her home and took a position in the Legal Department at Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation, where she advises management and corporate leadership and assists with in-house litigation.


Kandice is honored to serve as Secretary for MetroBoard and actively works to embody the mission of the National Urban League in every aspect of her life and career. In her spare time, Kandice enjoys cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, traveling, cooking, and community organizing for political campaigns.  

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Jessica K. Oliver


Jessica Oliver is a native Chicagoan. A graduate of Curie High School, Wheaton College and Spertus College, Jessica is a seasoned professional in the education and social service industries. She has a love for community building and is skilled in program analysis and development, public speaking, instruction, and youth counseling to name a few. Her love of community reaches beyond her professional activities and shows in her involvement as a volunteer with the Metro Board of the Chicago Urban League where she is the Parliamentarian for the 2016 Executive Board. She can also be found serving at her church, at community policing CAPS meetings, or supporting the Park Manor Neighbors organization.

As a seasoned professional of over 15 years, Jessica has experience in management, supervision, budgeting, program development, youth education and counseling, partner development, donor retention, and events planning.  Jessica’s greatest dream is to create a world that brings to life the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. A world of equality, prosperity, peace, and brotherly love. Jessica is proud to support the mission of the Chicago Urban League in her service to the MetroBoard.


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