Omar Brown.

Evanston resident Omar Brown, a senior vice president at the Big Ten Conference, has been appointed to NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Board of Directors.

The board is one of four community-focused boards of NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health.

“Omar brings a combination of authenticity and expertise helping organizations realize the potential of their transformations through the power of people,” said Sean O’Grady, president, North Region, NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health.

“As a longtime Evanston resident, I have seen first-hand the positive impact NorthShore has made through the dedication of its team members and a culture driven by improving people’s lives,” Brown said.

As people and culture officer at the Big Ten, Brown leads all people operations efforts for conference staff including talent acquisition, professional development and performance management and drives diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Most recently, he is leading the planning for Big Ten Conference’s “Big Life Series,” a collection of events that will provide student-athletes from all 14 schools with experiences to help prepare them to impact the world beyond their athletic careers.

Brown’s previous roles include serving as an organizational transformation leader in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice and as part of the Chicago Transit Authority leadership team, including more than two years as vice president of human resources.

He has also worked for the City of Chicago, the University of Illinois System, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the General Board of Pension and Aon Hewitt.

Brown also is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business where he teaches “Managing and Motivating in the Workplace.”

He holds master’s degrees in public policy from Northwestern University and in business administration from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois.

Brown volunteers with the Fellowship of Afro American Men as a boys’ basketball coach and serves on the board of directors of the McGaw YMCA.

He is a former member of the Chessmen Club of the North Shore, served on the District 65 School Board, as well as on the boards of the Youth Job Center and Youth & Opportunity United.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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