Andrea Zopp

Managing Partner, Cleveland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 

“What is exciting about LSI is that it is focused on catalyzing an untapped source of skills, talent, and experience and marshalling it for the betterment of society.”


Andrea Zopp is Managing Partner at Cleveland Avenue, where she leads the organization’s work investing in and developing minority and women led entrepreneurs and their companies. She has significant experience in a broad range of areas including banking, consumer products, retail, regulated industries, human capital, crisis and risk management and government and community relations.

Andrea is currently a member of the board of Directors of Relativity, and of Empowerment & Inclusion Capital I Corp. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chicago State University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Henry Ford Health System. She has previously served on the boards of Andrew Corporation (ANDW, NASDAQ) and Urban Partnership Bank.

She has worked in and with numerous global companies and has managed teams located overseas. In her role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of World Business Chicago, the city’s economic development organization, she worked closely with the Chicago Consular Corps, international chambers of commerce and multinational companies to attract foreign direct investment and facilitate company relocation and expansion. She was also responsible for organizing and implementing mayoral international trade delegations.

She is also a successful businesswoman and has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Sara Lee, Sears Holdings, and Exelon. As the former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led the nationally recognized organization’s focus on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities.

Previously, she served as Deputy Mayor, Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the City of Chicago. Zopp served in the United States Attorney’s Office and was the first woman and African American to serve as the first assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She has also served on the Chicago Board of Education, the Cook County Health and Hospital System Board, and numerous nonprofits boards.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts in History & Science from Harvard University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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