PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW: Shannon Andrews, Chicago Chief Procurement Officer
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has announced several key staff who will serve in leadership positions that pertain to minority and women’s business development.
Thomas R. Carney has been appointed Acting Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), as a search is conducted to replace the former Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. Carney previously served as First Deputy Commissioner of CDOT.
Eleanor Gorski has been appointed Acting Commissioner of Department of Planning and Development, as the new administration conducts a search. Gorski replaces outgoing Commissioner David Reifman. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Planning, Historic Preservation and Sustainability.
Samir Mayekar has been appointed Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood & Economic Development. Mayekar has significant experience from his work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He previously served in the Obama administration in the White House and at a federal infrastructure finance agency. As co-founder and CEO of NanoGraf Corporation, he built a green energy company that continues to grow in Bronzeville. Fluent in Spanish, Mayekar has deep neighborhood roots in Chicago, having served as board chair for a community-engaged youth theater in Albany Park and a GRAMMY-winning music ensemble serving the Back of the Yards. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University where he serves as a trustee.
Shannon Andrews remains the City of Chicago’s Chief Procurement Officer. Andrews is well known for leading efforts to strengthen opportunities for local and small businesses, creating workshops to provide tools and resources to vendors interested in doing business with Cook County and establishing and enhancing incentive and earned credit programs to support local vendors. She also served as the Director of Cook County Contract Compliance, where she managed certification of minority and women-owned firms and compliance related to County contracts.