Three New Members Named to theNate Advisory Board
(University Park, Ill.) — The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University recently named three new members to the advisory board for their influential roles as social and business leaders in art, conservation, and education.
Jennifer Traff, Levoi Brown, and Kim Leslie Bright will join the ranks of people who, for 50 years, have worked to expand theNate’s collection and continue to develop the collection's impact on the community by providing educational programing and events that enrich visitors’ experiences with a focus on social justice issues.
Traff brings more than 30 years of experience producing, directing, budgeting, and managing industrial and creative projects for film, virtual, and live corporate events website development and documentaries. As an art collector and artist, Traff has a passion for the arts and has been directly involved with supporting public art institutions. Her volunteer work has included time with My Block/My Hood/My City, Step Up, and the South Suburban Humane Society.
Brown is a Managing Director with BMO Private Bank. He joined BMO Harris Bank in 2015 to head the Real Estate Finance unit ($1B portfolio) focused on stabilized properties throughout the Midwest. He is a Leadership Council Member of Posse Chicago, Treasurer of Chicago’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund and former member of Business Leadership Council. Brown is also a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago (2014), a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, and Chicago United Business Leader of Color (2019).
Bright retired as an Administrative Law Judge from the Social Security Administration in 2014. Prior to joining Social Security, Bright had a 20-year career as a senior leader with the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. She is an exam certified Parliamentarian and a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. She was recently appointed as an inaugural member of the City of Aurora Civilian Review Board and served as a member of the Aurora 2020 Census Complete Count Committee. She is a lifetime member of Jack and Jill of America and Past President of the West Suburban Chicago Chapter. Bright is also a member of the West Towns (Ill.) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated as well as the DuPage County Chapter of the NAACP and affiliated with the Quad County Urban League.
The Sculpture Park Director Jeff Stevenson said being part of this devoted team is exciting as theNate celebrates its recent ranking in a USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice survey as the best sculpture park in the nation. Read more here.
"Each member of the group brings their own unique talent that has led to theNate's success and has positioned us to prepare for an even better future," Stevenson said.
Contact: Zion Banks