Jean Brown, the Executive Director of the Chicago Federal Executive Board (FEB) coordinates shared initiatives between the 178 federal offices and agencies located in the Chicago area, which represents approximately 45,000 Federal employees.
Prior to joining FEB, Jean worked for the U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions, providing services to over 80 foreign consulates located in the Midwest. In assisting foreign diplomats, Jean drew on her experience serving at the U.S. Embassies in South Korea, Tunisia, and in Washington, DC.
She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University, an M.A. in Public Affairs from Indiana University and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Jean is an avid cyclist, placing third in the 2016 Tour d’Afrique. She resides in Chicago with her husband Jason and their two daughters.
Anne S. Watkins is the Deputy Director of the Chicago Federal Executive Board (FEB). Anne served as a fellow with the FEB and was instrumental in assisting with coordination efforts during the NATO Summit in Chicago.
Anne worked as a program director for a local non-profit organization prior to joining the FEB. In that role she planned fundraising events and assisted with board development programs for member organizations. She also spent eight years on the special events team at the National Gallery of Art in Washington specializing in protocol for high level visits.
Anne is a runner, cyclist, and fledgling gardener, learning to tackle weeds and grow vegetables in her backyard. Anne holds a B.A. in Humanities from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Public Administration from DePaul University.
April K. Hall currently serves as a Senior Advisor for the Chicago FEB. Her detail focuses on maintaining current federal incentive programs while seeking out new partnerships that enhance culture and supports positive work environments.
April is a founding member of NMOA International, an organization that works with non-profits and other groups which serve at -risk and low income communities.
April holds an undergraduate degree from Benedictine University in Human Resources and serves as the Administrative Office for the Chicago Regional Office of Job Corps. She has 23 years of federal service.
Amy Hansel is a Senior Advisor to the Chicago Federal Executive Board (FEB). Amy is responsible for overseeing the merger of the CFC in Illinois, Wisconsin, and part of Iowa and developing and maintaining a working relationship and liaison between the Chicago FEB and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement community.
Amy brings 19+ years of public service experience as an employee with Dept. of Defense (DOD), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the newly formed National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).
Amy has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Detroit-Mercy and two years of graduate level work in communication studies from Wayne State University.
McKinley Noster is a Senior Advisor to the Federal Executive Board focusing on promoting Young Government Leaders, the President’s Management Council Program, and our Senior Executive training seminars. Prior to joining FEB, McKinley worked as a Realty Specialist with the General Services Administration where she managed real estate projects across 6 states and facilitated trainings through GSA’s Leadership Development Collective.
Before moving to Chicago in 2015, McKinley served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guiyang, Guizhou, China where she taught western teaching methodology, thesis writing, and spoken English to over 1,000 minority college students and teachers. While there, she also studied Chinese folk music, ran a half-marathon on the Great Wall and organized the first women’s leadership conference in her province.
McKinley received a degree in Non-Fiction Writing with a minor in Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. As the daughter of a German immigrant, she also enjoys listening to Bavarian soccer radio broadcasts and arriving on time.
Antionette Taylor-Thomas is the Government College Relations Council Fellow with the FEB.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Service Management, concentrating in healthcare administration at DePaul University, and is a communications and social media consultant with a Chicago-based public health nonprofit. She also volunteers as a project manager at the Taproot Foundation.
Previously, Antionette was a newspaper editor who covered county fairs across the Midwest, putting to use her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa.
Antionette is an aspiring novelist/screenwriter, planning to one day make her hometown, Chicago the main character of a great book or movie.
Ugochukwu Okere is the Undergraduate Fellow at the FEB. He is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.
Ugo interned in the Office of the City Clerk of Chicago, and he is currently helping Loyola administrators develop a culturally-conscious curriculum that is inclusive of all student populations.
He was the director and producer of the Council of Pan-Asian Americans’ annual fashion show and is currently the organizational consultant for the African Student Alliance. Ugo also is the former Social Justice Chairman of the Kapwa, a Filipino student organization where he led educational discussions and workshops related to social justice.