About

We marshal collaborative, pro bono investments to get big things done for Chicago.

Our mission is to make the Chicago region a great place for everyone to live in and work.

Chicago has a long history of civic engagement, but too often, the direction of our city is shaped by traditional power structures. Civic Consulting Alliance is turning that model on its head to address Chicago’s greatest challenges. We engage diverse people and resources to generate solutions and create a more prosperous, equitable city. We achieve impact in three key platforms – building safer communities, elevating our education system, and growing an economy that works for everyone.

Our experienced staff, best-in-class pro bono partners, and deep public and private sector relationships allow us to solve old problems in new ways. We pinpoint the root causes of complex issues. We convene institutional leaders and focus at a systems-level to create real impact that benefits the entire region. We’re committed to working across sectors and ensuring a seat at the table for all stakeholders, with the goal of creating a more inclusive civic culture and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Our model is unique.

Our values guide us.

Collaboration
We bring together partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors to invest in solving the most challenging issues facing our region. We select projects carefully, ensuring resources are devoted to areas where they can make the greatest impact.


At CCA, collaboration means we value our diverse professional talent. We treat each other with respect and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual. We work to listen and understand our colleagues’ perspective to embrace different identities and experiences.

Impact
Using our cross-sector relationships, longitudinal knowledge of public sector issues and private sector management skills, we drive practical solutions and measurable results that would not be possible without our involvement.



At CCA, impact means we harness diversity of thought. We ask each other critical questions and provide suggestions to advance our thinking and maximize impact. We proactively reach out to our colleagues and external stakeholders to benefit from broad perspectives.

Leadership
We are curious, courageous and independent, daring to take on the region’s toughest problems and persevering until we meet our goals. Through our work, we develop future civic leaders from among our team, our pro bono partners and our client organizations.

At CCA, leadership means we empower initiative taking. Everyone is supported and responsible to make CCA the place he or she wants it to be. We all contribute to the success of our Firm and our colleagues.

Sound judgment
We maintain a big picture perspective to help our clients stay focused on the key long term issues despite day to day challenges. We honor our clients’ confidentiality and hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity.


At CCA, sound judgement means we use impact as our measure to achieve balance. We prioritize and actively manage our collective and individual work loads through a lens of impact, both to drive positive change for the region and to efficiently manage our internal operations.

Excellence
We set and achieve ambitious goals for our clients, our partners and ourselves. We hire and partner with the most talented individuals and firms in pursuit of those goals. We bring simplicity and clarity to solve complex and ambiguous problems.


At CCA, excellence means we accelerate our development. We take on stretch roles and actively provide feedback and coaching to support each other through them. We encourage risk taking that drives innovation for our Firm and personal growth.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
Through all of our values we commit to creating a vibrant organization in which people from many backgrounds experience a sense of belonging, have the opportunity to be heard, and contribute and excel in driving equity in our region.

Our story of partnership

The unique Civic Consulting Alliance model began with a single request from Mayor Harold Washington in 1985. But we trace our roots to the formation of the Commercial Club of Chicago more than a century ago.
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