Ellen Blair Chube at Red Jacket Optional 2019

Uniting Voices Elects Ellen-Blair Chube as Board Chair

Will Assume Leadership Role After 6 Years on Board

September 13, 2023 (CHICAGO, IL) Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) is pleased to announce the election of Ellen-Blair Chube as its new board chair, effective immediately. Chube succeeds David Koo, who served as chair since 2018.

“I’m delighted for Ellen-Blair to take the reins as the next Chair of Uniting Voices’ Board of Directors. She has demonstrated a relentless commitment to elevating our youth, and I know her brilliant leadership and connectedness will meaningfully advance our work to inspire and change lives through music,” says Josephine Lee, President of Uniting Voices. “I’m grateful that the former chairs of our board stay actively engaged and supportive, and I look forward to continuing to work with one of our biggest champions, David Koo, in this new capacity.”

Chube is Managing Director, Client Service Officer at William Blair. With over two decades of strategic leadership across government and the private sector, Chube brings a holistic perspective rooted in her experience in public policy, operations and client-oriented work. At William Blair, she is responsible for high-level engagement with clients, including the development of a global client service platform to obtain insights and feedback from the firm’s clients. She brings this human-centered approach to her work with Uniting Voices, where she has served on the board since 2017, chaired both the nominating and governance and development committees, and co-chaired the annual gala Red Jacket Optional.

“At Uniting Voices Chicago, we walk the walk,” said Ellen-Blair Chube. “We are providing unparalleled opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to come together on common ground and create something beautiful. I know this work has immense impact on community vitality and educational equity, and I look forward to contributing as Chair.”

In addition to her work with Uniting Voices, Chube is a trustee of the Museum of Contemproary Art in Chicago, and a member of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council and the Economic Club of Chicago. She was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” in 2014 and one of Directors & Boards “2020 Directors to Watch.” In 2022 she received the Association of Fundraising Professional's Emerging Philanthropist Award. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University and earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ellen-Blair Chube begins her role as board chair as Uniting Voices Chicago launches its 68th year of youth programming. The organization provides culturally empowering music education through 80+ Chicago schools, 12 neighborhood choir programs and two citywide ensembles. This year, singers ages 6-18 will have the opportunity to perform at Chicago Symphony Center, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, in their own communities, across the nation and around the globe.