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Tiffany Hamel Johnson Bio


Tiffany Hamel Johnson

President and CEO 

Chicago United 



Tiffany Hamel Johnson joined Chicago United as President and CEO in April 2020. A lifelong Chicagoan, Tiffany joined the organization from World Business Chicago, where she was the organization’s second-in-command as executive vice president of strategy and administration.


She brings a unique blend of over 20 years of experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors.


Beginning her career in advertising and marketing, she shifted to industrial and economic development.

Additionally, Tiffany served as chief executive officer of Windy City Harvest; directed sales and marketing of a $200 million,  

mixed-income residential development on Chicago’s South Side for Granite Development Company. She was the project manager for the efforts to bring The Boeing Company’s corporate headquarters to Chicago during her first stint at World Business Chicago.In the late 1990s she worked for Mesirow Stein Real Estate and Illinois Industrial Properties.


Tiffany is the first African-American woman to lead the organization.


“I’ve been one of the only, and then I’ve been one of the many,” she says of her experience at diverse and not-so-diverse organizations. “That view will help. I’m used to working with many voices."

She is a graduate of Lincoln Park High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in Spanish and minored in communications.

Currently, she serves on the Boards of IFF, where she chairs the Governance Committee and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.

Tiffany grew up on the North Side of Chicago and lives in Lakeview with her husband and son.

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