A Dedicated Advocate
Jack Lavin is active in many Illinois charities and community organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Children’s Theater, the University YMCA, the Lane Tech College Prep Football Boosters Club, and the Advisory Board of the Chicago Leadership Alliance.
He previously served on the Bell Elementary Local School Council for six years and helped form the Friends of Bell School to raise funds for school programs. Lavin also chaired the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Task Force on Special Education to provide recommendations to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on improving special education services for children in the city.
Lavin remains a strong advocate for people with disabilities. Lavin and his wife were co-coordinators for the city of Chicago’s parent support group for the National Association for Down Syndrome, and they are long-time volunteers for Misericordia. He led the creation of Disabilityworks to increase the employment of people with disabilities and he helped the Adult Down Syndrome Center, the YMCA’s Camp Duncan, Camp PALS, Best Buddies, Access Chicago and Belle Center expand their services for people with disabilities.
He has served on the city of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Bid Committee, Navy Pier’s Long Range Strategic Plan Committee as Co-Chair, the BIO Convention Steering Committee, the Democratic National Committee’s Platform and Rules Committee, and Jobs for Youth’s board of trustees. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the City Club of Chicago. He has won numerous community awards from organizations, such as Belle Center of Chicago, Aspire, and Best Buddies Illinois. He has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business Who’s Who in Chicago Business for several years including in 2016.