United Way of Metro Chicago Announces Linda Coberly as Board of Directors Chair for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025


Chicago, Ill. – September 29, 2023 – United Way of Metro Chicago is honored to announce the appointment of Linda Coberly, Chair, Appellate & Critical Motions at Winston & Strawn LLP, to a two-year term as the Chair for the Board of Directors for 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.

Coberly has been a key asset to United Way since she joined the Board in 2021, chairing the Racial Equity subcommittee and serving as an advocate for the advancement of the organization’s “Equity in Action” body of work. As Board Chair, she will provide executive leadership as United Way of Metro Chicago continues the critical work of building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

"I’m honored to take on this role with United Way at such a critical time. I’m inspired by the innovative work United Way and its many partners are doing in neighborhoods across our city—and by United Way’s continued efforts to ensure that every person in our region has the access and resources to address basic needs," Coberly said. "In my legal work, I’m passionate about fairness and equity. I look forward to bringing that passion to the place-based investment work of United Way, which is already having a profound impact in 17 communities across the city and suburbs.”

As the former leader of Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office—the firm’s oldest and largest—Coberly brings significant leadership experience. She currently leads the firm’s Appellate & Critical Motions practice and has argued more than 60 appeals, spanning eight different federal courts of appeals and a variety of state appellate and supreme courts. She leads strategic, motions-intensive litigation matters at the trial court level and has an active pro bono practice, particularly in the areas of immigrant justice and human rights. She was the recipient of the 2018 “Edward J. Lewis II Pro Bono Service Award” from the Chicago Bar Foundation and the 2014 “Human Rights Practitioner Award” from the National Immigrant Justice Center. Coberly also received the 2022 “Ruth Goldman Award” from the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society in recognition of her work advocating for the rights of women.

In addition to her numerous litigation accolades and appointment as Chair of United Way of Metro Chicago’s Board of Directors, Coberly contributes to the Chicago community in many significant ways. She serves as President of the Board of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and is on the Board of Advisors for the Chicago chapter of the American Constitution Society. She is also past chair of the Board of Directors of Heartland Alliance, the largest human rights organization in the Midwest, and she recently led the city-wide Investing in Justice campaign for the Chicago Bar Foundation, raising millions of dollars for legal aid organizations.

“I am thrilled to work more closely with Linda as we extend the reach of our organization through public, private, nonprofit, and community partnerships and create meaningful and lasting change for so many of our neighbors and neighborhoods,” said Sean Garrett, president and CEO of United Way of Metro Chicago.


About United Way of Metro Chicago United Way of Metro Chicago brings together business, government, philanthropic, individual and community leaders to deliver funding and resources and amplify the expertise of nonprofit organizations across greater Chicago. We help individuals meet their basic needs and work alongside neighborhood partners to address local priorities and create communities where all people can thrive. United, we are building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region. Learn more about United Way of Metro Chicago at LIVEUNITEDchicago.org.

Media Contact United Way of Metro Chicago – Kris Adamik, 312.906.2291, kris.adamik@LIVEUNITEDchicago.org

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