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Ed Coleman

President and CEO, West Side Forward
Ed Coleman leads West Side Forward, an impactful nonprofit organization focused on the economic transformation of communities in Chicago that have suffered the consequences of long-term disinvestment. Effective August 1, 2019 West Side Forward emerged from Bethel New Life, which has served Chicago's West Side communities since 1979. As CEO of Bethel since 2016, Ed has been guiding Bethel and its West Side Forward operation toward establishing and implementing initiatives geared toward transforming Chicago’s West Side communities into attractive places to live, work, and play. The execution of this mission is based on a combination of job and income creation, high-demand career fulfillment, and planning and influencing industrial development investment.