NHS is pleased to announce that Aurie Pennick will be the recipient of NHS' Gale Cincotta Award at our 41st Annual Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
NHS is pleased to present Ms. Pennick with this award in recognition of her more than 35 years of serving Chicago area communities through various public, private, and nonprofit roles and in honor of her retirement as Executive Director of the Field Foundation of Illinois this year.
From 1992 to 2002, Ms. Pennick was the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the nation's oldest fair housing organization. Prior to that, Ms. Pennick worked at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as the Assistant Director for Special Grants, where she designed and implemented the Fund for Neighborhood Initiatives, a multi-million dollar grant program for small and emerging community organizations.
A native Chicagoan and product of the Chicago Public Schools, Ms. Pennick has had a rich and diverse history of public service. Over the years, Ms. Pennick has been the recipient of numerous awards and appointments including an appointment by the late Mayor Harold Washington to the Chicago Police Board in 1983; Harold Washington Award for Distinguished Public Service by the Cook County Bar Association, 2002; Chicago Commission on Human Relations Award, 2003. Click here to learn more about Ms. Pennick.
Ms. Pennick will be honored at NHS' Annual Awards Dinner, which attracts over 700 guests, representing all segments of NHS' public, private, and resident partnership. The evening is a celebration of those who have had a significant impact on the communities that NHS serves.