Hi. We're Young Government Leaders in Chicago.

An official chapter of the national professional organization for government employees. Roll up your sleeves, join us, and let's get to work.

Learn about what we do

Here's all the stuff we do.

We provide opportunities for over 500, Chicagoland government employees at the local, state, and federal levels.


YGL Chicago fosters a network of public servants and facilitates collaboration, serving shared interests. Go beyond the office through outreach events and service projects.


YGL Chicago promotes growth, hosting career development programs and events. Expect to strengthen and expand leadership competencies in a supportive environment.


Spark innovation by drawing on experience of public servants, community members, and established leaders, YGL Chicago is a shared stage where government leaders unite.

We're the Executive Board.

Diverse, passionate, engaged. Come meet us!

Summer Alsuradi

Chapter President

From Chicago (sorta), USCIS is home base, loves globes, the color orange and anyone who says her last name correctly (ex points for Arabic)!

Kristy Lockhart

Chapter Vice-President

Kristy loves cats, mid century modern design and content marketing, in that order. She lives in Rogers Park with her wife and two really old cats.

Cyrus Sethna

Communications Director

Civic technologist and firm believer in disruptive tech solutions to deliver government services. USGSA, netizen, rescue diver, conservationist, and RPCV.

McKinley Noster

Membership Director

Senior Advisor to the Federal Executive Board of Chicago. Reader, writer, runner, rock-climber. Peace Corps Mission to China 2012 - 2014.

Miles Conant

Operations Director

Loves peanut butter, The West Wing, and bicycling- though usually only two of them simultaneously. Always ready to say yes to an adventure.

Crystal Malone

Community Outreach Director

Crystal is from the suburbs (Joliet, IL) and works for HUD. She enjoys dance, theatre arts, yoga, good music, food, and traveling.

Lexy Huber

Engagement Director

Animal lover, vegetarian and wanna-be runner. Friends, family and good music. Cello learner. Peace Corps Morocco 2013-2015.

Joshua Jackson

Professional Development Director

Crossfitter, SSA Management Analyst, Loves West Indian cuisine & inspiring others to bet on themselves and pursue their greatness.

Edith Henderson

Administrative Officer

A Chicago native (Southside), mother of two, foodie and wine connoisseur. Edith loves to network and meet interesting people. She works for DHS, USCIS.

We believe in providing opportunities.

For government employees at the local, state, and federal levels to grow and inspire change.

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