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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Institute acknowledges the extraordinary commitment and many contributions of its Advisory Board members and Distinguished Advisors:

Distinguished Advisors:

Marjorie Craig Benton, Chicago
Jim Hodges, New York
Lynn Nottage, New York
Justice Albie Sachs, South Africa

Advisory Board


Amina Dickerson, brings an extensive and  richly-diverse experience in the arts, non-profit, philanthropy and corporate sectors to her consulting practice,  Dickerson Global Advisors (DGA) LLC.  As a consultant, professional coach and strategist. she works as a partner with the philanthropic community,  non-profit organizations,  senior leaders, business professionals and civic organizations. The focus of her practice is on leadership  development, scenario thinking, succession planning, program development and strategic partnerships.  She is especially committed to the advancement of next generation leaders, coaching organizations through leadership transitions and arts as a vehicle for fostering social change.  Previously she headed multi-national philanthropic programs in the arts and education, healthy lifestyles and hunger relief and employee engagement at Kraft Foods.  She worked over 20 years in museums, with executive posts at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Chicago Historical Society and DuSable Museum of African American History, creating innovative arts and  community partnerships in addition to interpretive programming designed to serve diverse constituencies. In addition to her coaching work, she was a consultant with Lord Cultural Advisors in the development of  the Chicago Cultural Plan and headed an initiative, evanstARTs,  to develop a cultural vision and road map for cultural planning for the City of  Evanston. She is a frequent speaker and panelist in Chicago and nationally.

Dickerson was named the James Joseph Lecturer for the Association of Black Foundation Executives and her work has been recognized with awards from Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy , the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago's Jazz Institute and the National Museum of Mexican Art.  In 2009 she was added to the HistoryMakers national video archives of outstanding African American leaders and was named to The Network Journal’s Class of 25 Influential Black Women in Business. Previously, she served as Distinguished Visitor with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a Newberry Library fellow. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Woods Fund of Chicago,  and is a board member for  the Women's Funding Network, the Legacy Fund of the Chicago Community Trust, the Leadership Advisory Council of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

Dickerson studied theater at Emerson College, holds a certificate in arts management from Harvard University, and a M.A. in arts management from the American University in Washington, D.C., where she was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame. As a professional coach, she trained with the Center for Creative Leadership, Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the 360 Leadership Circle and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Advisory Board members:

Dorothy Allison, is currently the McGee Professor in creative writing at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. She is the author of the award-winning novels, Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller, as well as Two or Three Things I know for Sure, Trash, Skin, and The Women Who Hate me. A novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Penguin.  In addition to her work with the Institute, she is a member of the board of the Southern Fellowship of Writers  and the Advisory Boards for The Full Frame Initiative, The Macondo Foundation, and the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award.

Deone Jackman, grew up in Toronto, Canada and moved to Chicago [Hyde Park] in 1961. She is a retired Psychotherapist who worked at The Chicago Child Care Society for twelve years and in private practice for twenty years. In 1996 she joined the Board of the Hyde Park Art Center. In 2000 she became the Chair of the Board and in addition she began in 2004 Chairing the Capitol Campaign of the Center. She helped to raise $6,000,000 to build a new venue. She is a supporter of the Arts in Chicago and especially enjoys collecting the work of regional artists.She was one of the first docents at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her other board activities include: being a member of The Chicago Committee of Human Rights Watch, The International Committee of the Renaissance Society, and The Visiting Committee of The Art History of The University of Chicago. She is a Board Member of The Rebuild Foundation, and a member of the MCA Directors Vision Council.

Kerry James Marshall, is an award-winning international artist. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Chicago where he previously taught at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a 1978 graduate of Otis College of Art and Design. He is known for large-scale paintings, sculptures, and other objects that take African-American life and history as their subject matter. His work often deals with the effects of the Civil Rights movement on domestic life, in addition to working with elements of popular culture. One work, "Rythm Mastr", is a superhero comic book based on African mythology and art set in an urban environment. His first major solo exhibition, which traveled throughout the country, was organized at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 1998. His work has been exhibited in many American and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Documenta (1997 and 2007).

Rebecca Ford-Terry, is In-house Counsel for City Colleges of Chicago. She has also served as the former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for litigation at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer; and was Acting Director of Emerging Domestic Markets at the Milken Institute, an economic policy think tank. She is a trustee of the Goodman Theater and the Renaissance Society and has served on the board of the Field Museum and the Chicago Humanities Festival. She has been a theater critic for the Chicago Reader and contributes book reviews to the Chicago Tribune. She has also written articles for The Milken Institute Review, The American Lawyer and The New York Law Journal. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School.