Tameeka Christian is a Program Officer with the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation working on The Pritzker Community Health Initiative. At the foundation, Tameeka leads the development of a multimillion-dollar portfolio focused on the intersection of health, housing and homelessness, as well as the criminal justice system. Under Tameeka’s guidance, the foundation has undertaken an ambitious goal to dramatically improve outcomes for individuals who cycle through emergency rooms, homelessness shelters, and jails. She has leveraged her skillset to create a vision that imagines systems of care collaborating to focus on the wellbeing of individuals, and in particular those who are most often ignored and marginalized. Tameeka brings the kind of community centered, collaborative, and innovative thinking to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Tameeka has over the past 20 years as a professional working across public, private, and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on advancing community-driven solutions to address complex social issues and profound inequities. Tameeka previously served as the Program Manager for the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund, where she was responsible for grantmaking to over 40 organizations on Chicago’s Westside and saw the Fund to its sunset in 2020 and has held the positions of Program Officer for Neighborhood Networks at LISC/Chicago, Director of Community Development at Saint Anthony Hospital, and Community Organizer for Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. Tameeka
recently graduated with her Ph.D. from National Louis University and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Firehouse Community Arts Center, Chicago Cares, and AMPT-Advancing Nonprofits. Tameeka embodies the core values of integrity, ingenuity, and transparency, which lend to her humble leadership style. Tameeka was born and raised on Chicago’s Westside, enjoys cycling, being outdoors and spending time with her son, Joshua.