Andrea Zopp is president and CEO of World Business Chicago, the city of Chicago’s public-private economic development arm. She took over in November 2017 after serving as deputy mayor, chief neighborhood development officer for the City of Chicago, where she oversaw neighborhood economic development since May 2016.
Zopp earlier campaigned for the U.S. Senate but lost in the primary to Tammy Duckworth. Before that, Zopp was CEO and president of the Chicago Urban League, which set an agreement with the Chicago startup incubator 1871 to make African-Americans a bigger part of Chicago’s tech scene.
“While there are a number of very successful tech entrepreneurs, African-Americans are underrepresented in that field,” she told Blue Sky in 2014. “We’ve been looking for ways that we can engage with that community to help create a thoughtful and focused pipeline of talent into 1871, from young people and students to existing entrepreneurs.”
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Zopp was a prosecutor for the U.S. state’s attorney and first assistant in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. She also was a partner at Chicago law firms McDermott, Will & Emery, and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.
Zopp has held executive roles at Sara Lee, Sears Holdings and Exelon. She serves on several boards, including the Chicago Police Board, the Urban Partnership Bank, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Greater Chatham Initiative, the Japan America Society of Chicago and the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation.