A person’s career path often starts with working with a local organization, then tackling bigger issues on a national stage, and ultimately, being an integral part of an international enterprise. But that isn’t always the case. For instance, my next guest has had leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control, a US federal agency, the Gates Foundation, leading their HIV/AIDS programs, and the international human services organization, CARE. But now, she is turning her attention to helping improve the lives of people in one of America’s greatest cities. She is Dr.Helene Gayle, the President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust.
If I were to ask you to think of a major US city that has an epidemic of gun violence, what city would come to mind? For many, it would be Chicago. But what are the reasons for that? And what can be done to see that is reduced significantly and quickly? For the answer to those questions, it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, Arne Duncan, the Secretary of Education under President Obama, and currently the Managing Director of Chicago CRED, which stands for Creating Real Economic Destiny.