On March 5th, 2009, Gender and Women’s Studies honored two outstanding alumnae of UIC during the first annual Civic Engagement, Community Service and Community Organizing (CECSCO) Awards Ceremony. Deborah Harrington, President of the Woods Fund, and Rebecca Sive, Principal of the Sive Group, were the honorees of the evening.
Deborah Harrington is an activist and President of the Woods Fund of Chicago. She is responsible for directing the Fund’s operations, grant-making and providing leadership, particularly in the foundation’s priority programs of public policy development and community organizing. Deborah is involved in policy at local, state and federal levels. As an appointee to the public policy advisory board of the national Council on Foundations, she facilitated development of the Paul Ylvisaker Award for Public Policy and is a member of the Mayoral Policy Caucus. In addition to serving as trustee to several community-based, non-profit and civic organizations, Deborah is a board member of the Donors Forum of Chicago, advisory board member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois and Vice President of the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. (more)
Rebecca Sive is a seasoned executive, with in-depth leadership experience in business, government, philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector. Principal and chief strategist of The Sive Group, Inc., (TSG), a public affairs firm, Rebecca began her career as a community organizer, while she was a graduate student in American History at UIC.(more)