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Leader in Residence

Leaders driving systems-level innovation

Chicago Beyond’s Leader in Residence program provides a multiyear fellowship for extraordinary leaders making significant impact in their communities and beyond.

Since 2018, Chicago Beyond has had two Leaders in Residence leading work that has spanned the justice and health systems. By providing catalytic funding, tailored supports, and space to leaders with ingeniously crafted solutions, the Leader in Residence program promotes innovation within systems that impact everyday people.

Our current Leader in Residence, Jeanine Valrie Logan, is a birth equity champion who works to address inequities in Black maternal health. In August of 2021, Jeanine’s work was influential in pushing through Illinois House Bill 738, which expanded access to birth centers across Chicago. Jeanine is currently working on the development of the Chicago South Side Birth Center, a nonprofit, Black midwife-led, community-focused birth center.

Leader In Residence Impact

  • 2

    Chicago Beyond has supported two Leaders in Residence since program inception.

  • 225

    The Chicago South Side Birth Center will support the delivery of 225 healthy babies each year, following its opening in 2025.

  • $23 Million

    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recognized Leader in Residence Jeanine Valrie Logan during the 2024 State of the State Address, while advocating for a $23 million statewide investment in birth equity.

Our Leaders in Residence

  • Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia

    Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia became our first-ever Leader in Residence in 2018. As a clinical psychologist and the former warden of Cook County Department of Corrections, Dr. Tapia utilized her fellowship to develop Holistic Safety, which she is now advancing to jails and prisons around the country. 

  • Jeanine Valrie Logan

    Jeanine Valrie Logan is our current Leader in Residence. She is working to open the Chicago South Side Birth Center to address the current lack of care options on Chicago’s South Side and to provide a solution to the disparate maternal and child health rates among Black birthing people and children.