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Chicago Run Announces Hiring of New Executive Director Danya Rosen



January 3, 2019 (CHICAGO) — Chicago Run recently hired Danya Rosen as the organization’s Executive Director. Chicago Run was previously led by Founding Executive Director, Alicia Gonzalez, who left at the end of May to become the Executive Director of Chicago Cubs Charities.

Danya has over thirteen years of experience in non-profit management across both the direct service and advocacy sectors. Previously, Danya served as the Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange Chicago, a health equity non-profit that trains college student volunteers to deliver health education in under-resourced high schools. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange in 2010, Danya held the role of Deputy Outreach Director at Peace Action, an advocacy organization promoting international diplomacy and nuclear non-proliferation. Danya graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She serves as Chair of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s LBTQ Giving Council, which provides grants to organizations and programs benefiting lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women and girls in the Chicago region. She is also a member of the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Maternal, Infant, Child, and Adolescent Health Advisory Committee (MICAH), is a mentor for YNPN Chicago’s Leadership Institute, and is a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

“I’m honored to be serving in this leadership capacity. I believe that sports and physical activity can be harnessed for exceptional good – from bolstering mental health and building self-esteem, to strengthening academic outcomes and creating a foundation for healthy, active lives. Chicago’s youth deserve safe and healthy communities in which to thrive,” says Rosen.

The Board of Directors feels confident that Danya will bring innovative leadership to Chicago Run and help the organization continue to grow stronger in the years to come. Alex Landberg, who served as Interim Executive Director and provided strong leadership during the transition period, will resume his role as Deputy Director. Please reach out to Chicago Run Director of Communications, Lauren Shirk, at with any inquiries.

“We are very excited to have Danya join the Chicago Run Team. Her previous proven leadership experiences, coupled with her commitment to drive program excellence, provides for an excellent addition to our team, and we are very confident she will help lead us into the next chapter of growth,” says Al Hamood, President of the Chicago Run Board of Directors.

It is with excitement that Chicago Run enters this new chapter as we continue our efforts to ensure that more children and youth are on a path to a healthier and successful future. 

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