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Ms. Laura M. Ricketts

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LPAC Advisory Board Member and Di...

Local Address: Illinois, United States
Chicago Cubs

Employment History

  • Chairman
    Chicago Cubs
  • Co-Owner
    Chicago Cubs
  • Owner
  • Charities Chair
  • National Leadership Counsel
    Lambda Legal
  • Board Chair
  • Director and Part Owner
    Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Co-Owner of the Chicago Cubs and Chief Executive Officer
  • President
  • Co-Chair of LGBT Leadership Council
    National Finance Committee

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
  • Board Member
    EMILY's List
  • Board Member
    Lambda Legal
  • Board Member
    Opportunity Education
  • Co-Founder
  • Board Members
  • Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee
    LGBT Leadership Council
  • Founder
  • Corporate Attorney, A Member of the Democratic National Committee's Executive Committee
    National Finance Committee


  • J.D.
    University of Michigan Law School
  • A.B. , Philosophy
    University of Chicago
196 Total References
Web References
LPAC: LPAC – First of Its Kind Lesbian Political Action Committee – Launches Today | LPAC, 1 Oct 2014 [cached]
"I support LPAC because courageous elected officials who support women's rights, fairness, and equality for all of us deserve our unconditional support," said Laura Ricketts, LPAC advisory board member and director and part owner of the Chicago Cubs.
Laura Ricketts - Chicago, IL - Director and part owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club as well as Chairman of the Board of Chicago Cubs Charities. Ricketts is the first openly gay woman to own an MLB franchise and is co-chair of the DNC's LGBT Leadership Council and the National Leadership Counsel for Lambda Legal.
Laura ..., 26 May 2014 [cached]
Laura Ricketts
Board Director
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. She 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. She left the practice of law to co-found Ecotravel, LLC. Dedicated to fostering and promoting ecotourism worldwide, Ecotravel, LLC operated, 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, 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. She also serves on U.S.
Ms. Ricketts 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. She lives in Chicago with her daughter.
Illinois Family Action a sister organization to Illinois Family Institute » Laura Ricketts, 1 May 2014 [cached]
Laura Ricketts Illinois Family Action a sister organization to Illinois Family Institute > Laura Ricketts
Posts tagged: Laura Ricketts
The Rauners' $10,600 donation was joined by donations from other well-heeled Chicago influentials, including two from the billionaire Reyes Holdings' family - Christopher and Jude - as well as $5300 from Chicago Cubs' owner Laura Ricketts.
Ms. Ricketts, a renowned lesbian, is active in Chicago's LGBTQ community.
Tags: Bob Grogan, Bruce Rauner, Laura Ricketts, Tim Gill, Tom Cross
In addition, Sullivan and Sandack received $2500 each on June 29th from Laura Ricketts, of the Chicago Cubs, who is openly gay.
In an interview with, Ricketts, who has a partner, said, "I came out to my family I would say early to mid 30s. I think for a long time I wasn't really out to myself growing up in Omaha, Neb., to a Catholic conservative family. ... I think that it really couldn't of been a better experience. They were all immediately supportive. ... I have been really really fortunate in that regard."
Between Ricketts, Singer, Pellett and Gill, Sandack and Sullivan have received nearly $20,000 in gay marriage support money the last 30 days.
Tags: Clark Pellett, Ed Sullivan, Laura Ricketts, Paul Singer, Ron Sandack, Tim Gill
"A college diploma is one of ..., 14 July 2013 [cached]
"A college diploma is one of the best predictors of success in our country," said Laura Ricketts, a member of the Cubs board of directors.
"Chicago Cubs Charities, through the Cubs Scholars Program, seeks to cultivate the next generation of All-Stars," Ricketts said.
Obama names Cubs co-owner Laura ..., 5 Dec 2013 [cached]
Obama names Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts to Kennedy Center board
Former Chicago Cubs player Ernie Banks dances with Cubs owner Laura Ricketts during a ceremony honoring him for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / August 13, 2013)
Ricketts has been a key fundraiser for Obama and was a bundler during his 2012 re-election campaign.
Ricketts is chairman of the board of Chicago Cubs Charities and a member of the Democratic National Committee's executive board.
She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
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