Announcing City Works Chicago Advisory Council, Seeking Grant Applications

Announcing City Works Chicago Advisory Council, Seeking Grant Applications

Earlier this year, we announced Lyft City Works a major commitment to invest $50 million or 1% of profits — whichever is larger — to support locally communities by solving transportation challenges. At Lyft, we know that working together, we can do more to make cities people-focused and instead of built around cars. And in Chicago, there are civic leaders of transportation, philanthropy, activists business, education and the arts and who are making city life better, more inclusive, more equitable and more sustainable. We want to lift up this heroic work.  

Starting today in Chicago, we’re forming a local advisory council made up of Chicago’s top community leaders. We’re excited to welcome the following leaders who make up the first-ever  Lyft City Works Chicago advisory council. 

  • Andee Harris, Founder & CEO, Franklin Heritage

  • Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871

  • Britt Julious, Writer, Editor, Essayist & Storyteller

  • Eric Williams, Founder & Creative Director, The Silver Room

  • Essence Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Operations & Communications, SocialWorks

  • Hebru Brantley, Artist

  • Jessica Malkin, CEO, Chicago Ideas

  • Justin Cunningham, Executive Director, SocialWorks  

  • Lamell McMorris, Founding Principal, Greenlining Realty USA

  • Mike Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer, The Obama Foundation

  • Omowale Casselle, Co-Founder & CEO, Digital Adventures

  • Paul Kahan, Executive Chef, Partner, One Off Hospitality Group

  • Rodney Washington (“DJ HotRod”), Local Celebrity DJ; Founder, PepRallyTakeOver

  • Ryan Mundy, Managing Director, Techlete Ventures

  • Sammy Patel, CEO, Midway Partnership, Vantage Airport Group (Chicago)

  • Simeon Dill, Co-Founder, Premier Detail Specialist, O.A.S.I.S. Barbershop

  • Sky Cubacub, Founder, Rebirth Garments

  • Suzette Wright, Lyft Driver, Gender Equality Activist  

These Chicago civic leaders will help bring our efforts towards improving transportation access and equity to fruition and help supercharge our collective efforts in the city. As a council member, they will be responsible for identifying the key areas and issues for City Works resources to pursue and support, mapping back to reflect the three key priorities of Lyft City Works: 

  • Providing transportation

  • Developing transportation infrastructure

  • Creating a clean energy future

Starting immediately, the council is seeking Chicago-based nonprofits and grassroots organizations to apply for transportation grants. The awards will be distributed through Wheels for All, a program designed to support communities through transportation. To learn more about applying, people can visit

We believe that by working together, we can achieve the greatest possible impact, and we look forward to supercharging the growing civic movement in Chicago. 

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