After School Matters Names New Board Chair

Position had been vacant since founder Maggie Daley's death in November

By Mitchell Grogg
|  Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:14 PM CDT
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Mellody Hobson, seen here at the opening night of "Dreamgirls" in 2009, has been named board chairman of After School Matters in Chicago.

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After School Matters has named Mellody Hobson its new board chair, filling a position left vacant since the November death of founder Maggie Daley, the organization announced Tuesday.

"Mellody's strong financial leadership and managerial skills are just what we need to sustain the vitality of our organization and ensure that we continue to fulfill our vision to help Chicago teens discover their potential and find their path to a meaningful life," said Roger J. Kiley, Jr., vice Chairman of the organization's board of directors.

Two of Daley's children will also be taking major roles in the organization. Nora Daley Conroy has been appointed to the board of directors and Patrick Daley is set to join the advisory board, the group said.

In addition to working as President at Ariel Investments, Hobson also serves on the board of directors at DreamWorks Animation, Estée Lauder, Groupon, and Starbucks.

"I share Mrs. Daley's vision of helping young people and will work to preserve and protect her legacy," Hobson said in the release. "The future of our teens is important to Chicago and its corporate community. They are our future workforce and we have a vested interest in supporting their growth and cultivating their talents."

After School Matters was founded in 1991 with the goal of developing out of school cultural activities for Chicago teens, according to its website.

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