John Hicks is the executive director of The Siragusa Family Foundation. He is a third generation family member and had served on the board of the foundation since 1992, including the last six years as chair.  While born and raised in Chicago, he most recently has relocated from Tucson Arizona to take over the position of executive director. He has worked in real estate and investment management and is a longtime volunteer with several youth and community organizations. The Siragusa Family Foundation was created in 1950 and is governed today by 3rd and 4th generation family members. Annually, it grants approximately $1.2 million to over 85 organizations in the Chicago area.



The First Year in the Life of a New Executive Director

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Adam Simon, John Hicks, Laura McCargar, Sharmila Rao Thakkar

How can your board develop a transition plan to maximize your new or incoming executive director’s prospects for success? What is the board and board chair’s role in orienting the new CEO? What tips do successful freshman CEO’s have for developing strong board/staff relations; setting boundaries; learning more about the community and causes served by the foundation; and understanding and… Read More