Laura Ricketts is a Director and part owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club as well as Chairman of the Board for Chicago Cubs Charities.
In addition to her Board duties, much of her work with the Cubs is focused on community relations, government relations and philanthropy.
is the first openly gay woman to own an MLB franchise.
Ms. Ricketts practiced law at the Chicago law firm of Schiff, Hardin & Waite (now Schiff Hardin LLP) where she was an associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group and concentrated her practice in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and general corporate and securities law matters.
left the practice of law to co-found Ecotravel, LLC.
Dedicated to fostering and promoting ecotourism worldwide, Ecotravel, LLC
, an online magazine of ecotourism news and information and directory of ecotourism service providers.
Selected as one of the top ecotourism websites by the Wall Street Journal
in 2002, Ecotravel.com
provided information and resources to educate travelers and facilitate travel planning while assisting ecotourism providers in promoting their services.
Ms. Ricketts is currently an at large member of the Democratic National Committee's Executive Committee and served as Co-Chair of the DNC National Finance Committee's LGBT Leadership Council from 2009 to 2013.
She served on the Steering Committee and co-chaired the Finance Committee for Illinois Unites for Marriage, a state-wide campaign to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in the Illinois General Assembly, which granted full marriage equality to Illinois same-sex couples.
also serves on U.S.
is actively engaged with several charitable organizations in the Chicago area community and beyond.
President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Ricketts to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees in 2013.
She serves on the National Leadership Council for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national non-profit organization that litigates, educates and engages in public policy work on behalf of LGBT civil rights.
She also serves on the Leadership Council for Housing Opportunities for Women, Inc. ("HOW") which provides permanent supportive housing and comprehensive case management to homeless women and children in the Chicago area.
She is on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Education, an international charitable foundation that provides educational programming and technological tools to help educate children and train teachers in over 1000 schools across Africa and Asia.
Recognized for her
volunteer and advocacy work on behalf of the LGBT community, she
was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame
in 2013 and received the 2012 Center on Halsted Human First Award
, the 2011 Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Vanguard Award
, and the 2010 Equality Illinois Freedom Award.
Ms. Ricketts earned an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
lives in Chicago with her