Leslie Bluhm

Co-Founder at Chicago Cares, Inc.

Leslie Bluhm

Leslie Bluhm

Co-Founder at Chicago Cares, Inc.

Biography

Leslie Bluhm is founder and president of Chicago Cares Inc., a nonprofit volunteer service organization. Chicago Cares builds stronger communities in Chicago through volunteerism and is a leader in creating, managing, and leading hands-on service projects that meet Chicago’s critical social, education and environmental needs. Since inception, Chicago Cares has created service projects for over 300,000 individuals and corporate teams. Prior to founding Chicago Cares, Bluhm was a practicing attorney. Bluhm earned her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. She sits on the board of directors of the Latin School of Chicago.

Appointed in 2013 by the President of Northwestern University

Overview
Career Highlights

Chicago Cares, Inc.

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8

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Co-Founder at Chicago Cares, Inc.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at National Able Network, Inc.

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Founder at Edgewater Services LLC

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Vice Chairman at Whitney Museum of American Art

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Chief Executive Officer at Chicago Cares, Inc.

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Founder at Citadel LLC

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Co-Founder at Lefkofsky Family Foundation

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Co-Founder at Walton Street Capital LLC

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Former Vice President & Controller at AbbVie, Inc.

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Member, Emeritus Board at Chicago Cares, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Equity Commonwealth

CommonWealth REIT is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which primarily owns office and industrial buildings located throughout the United States. The majority of our properties are office buildings located in suburban areas and central business districts, or CBDs, of major metropolitan markets. CWH was founded in 1986 and went public on the New York Stock Exchange as a REIT that owned healthcare related properties. In the 1990’s we transformed into an office REIT by selling healthcare assets and buying office buildings. During this time, we also formed four subsidiary REITs: Hospitality Properties Trust (HPT), a REIT that owns hotels and travel centers; Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH), a REIT that primarily owns healthcare properties; Government Properties Income Trust (GOV), a REIT that primarily owns and leases office buildings that are majority leased to government tenants and Select Income REIT (SIR), a REIT that is focused on owning and investing in net leased, single tenant properties. HPT, SNH, GOV and SIR became separate public companies in 1995, 1999, 2009 and 2012 respectively. In July 2010, we changed our name to CommonWealth REIT from HRPT Properties Trust in order to avoid any lingering confusion that the company may be a healthcare focused REIT. We have been investment grade rated since 1994 and we are included in a number of financial indices, including the Russell 1000®, the MSCI US REIT Index, S&P REIT Composite Index and the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT United States Index

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Walton Street Capital (WSC) seeks to acquire real estate assets that have significant cash flow and the potential for residual value enhancement through targeted capital improvements, tenant lease-up opportunities and improvements in operating efficiencies. The firm employs a value approach that targets the acquisition of real estate assets at a discount to their replacement cost or, in some cases, below their current market value. WSC also makes larger investments of $100 million and up in assets with significant scheduled tenant rollover and/or capital improvement requirements.WSC participates in transactions involving complex ownership situations. They acquire real estate assets which are undervalued due to the complexity or illiquidity of the existing ownership or capital structure. In such situations, the firm seeks to gain control of the asset and prepare the asset for sale, without the prospective risks of bankruptcy, fragmented ownership or property-level issues.The firm also seeks to invest in illiquid structures. The firm looks for passive opportunities to acquire the interests of an entity at a significant discount to the underlying net asset value when the underlying assets are nearing their disposition.Although WSC primarily invests in US assets, they do seek access to opportunities within global markets. The firm accesses these global opportunities through experienced, local partners and operators who have established, long-term relationships within their markets and have access to proprietary transaction flow.In addition, WSC participates in selected land acquisition and development opportunities. The firm seeks to capitalize on an imbalance between the supply and demand of space for a particular property type in specific markets which possess proven barriers to entry.The firm looks for opportunities to capitalize on pricing arbitrage opportunities within and between the public and private markets. They invest in entities that require additional capital to restructure their ownership, recapitalize their portfolios, fund additional acquisitions and to capitalize on the spread between the private net asset value of a public entity's underlying real estate and the public entity's share price.WSC considers private equity platform investments in experienced real estate operators or operating companies that need capital to expand or to develop a significant asset base. The firm seeks to build enterprises that they cannot build efficiently on their own. They invest in assets that have public and/or private exit opportunities and significant upside through the consolidation of a fragmented asset ownership base and the potential for attractive returns on cost due to an enterprise's leading expertise or specific industry profile.

Education
B.A.

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

J.D.
Class of 1989

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

Memberships
Member, Brain Trust
Current

Chicago Ideas is a unique nonprofit platform designed to inspire action through entertaining and accessible events, grassroots initiatives and thought-provoking content. They foster connectivity that crosses industry and social boundaries to spark ideas into action. Chicago Ideas aims to be the world’s leading catalyst for inspiring, connecting, and empowering curious people in order to make the world a better place.

Career History
Co-Founder
1991 - Current

SINCE 1991, THE ORGANIZATION HAS MOBILIZED OVER 600,000 VOLUNTEERS, COMPLETED 50,000 VOLUNTEER PROJECTS, AND HELPED 1,000 LOCAL NON-PROFITS AND SCHOOLS DELIVER ON THEIR MISSION.

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Prior

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provides legal advisory services. The company's practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate finance, insurance, tax, labor and employment, political law, private equity, corporate, antitrust, white collar crime, international, regulatory, and legislation. Its customers include corporate, industrial, and financial sectors. The company was founded by Marshall Skadden, John Slate and Les Arps in April 1948 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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2012

PAWS Chicago is a national model in No Kill animal welfare, offering robust adoption and spay/neuter programs.

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2011

PAWS Chicago is a national model in No Kill animal welfare, offering robust adoption and spay/neuter programs.

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2011

The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public. It was founded as both a museum and school for the fine arts in 1879. The permanent college has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,00 works of arts in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design and from textiles to installation art. Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States.

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