About Deborah Foster-Bonner

Deborah Foster-BonnerEarly Life

Deborah Foster-Bonner is a lifelong resident of the Sixth Ward, and is dedicated to giving back to her community. Following her graduation from Roosevelt University in 1979, Deborah began her career as an accountant, first joining Canteen Corporation. She later worked at Allstate Insurance Company, where she created outreach programs for Julian and Simeon High Schools and established a partnership between Allstate and Collins High School. This program provided an opportunity for students to experience the corporate environment, get outside of their community, and develop the spirit of possibilities.

Following her time at Allstate, Deborah founded her own businesses: Foster-Bonner-Mason & Associates, Inc. – accounting, tax and business consulting services – and Foster-Bonner, Inc. – investment, insurance and financial services. She is the president of the block club for the 8100 Block of Eberhart, an organization she reinstated in 1995.

Activism

In 1995, Deborah Foster-Bonner was elected to the local school council of Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy, where she served as secretary. During her tenure on the council, Foster-Bonner created Friends of Mark Sheridan, and not-for-profit entity, and served as president. The organization served to support students, parents, teachers, and faculty at the school by sponsoring the after school program, as well as providing computer training and classroom supplies.

Deborah continued her passion for giving back by founding Reunite Chatham NFP in 2010 and currently serves as the group’s president. Reunite Chatham NFP has fostered community in a variety of ways since its inception, starting neighborhood watch and school patrols, protesting an issuance of a liquor license for a store on the school path to Dixon Elementary School, and instating a summer program for children that created eight jobs for the community.

Deborah has also led Reunite Chatham’s initiative to install resident-owned security cameras on properties in the neighborhood. She began this effort in 2014, and by mid-2015 a total of 150 houses were equipped with security cameras—a number that continues to grow. Through her work with Reunite Chatham, Deborah has coordinated a number of community programs to benefit Chatham residents: job fairs, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Training), Cook County Sheriffs Senior Training, distribution of smoke and CO2 detectors for homes in the area, and seminars on Medicare, Social Security and homebuying.

Leveraging her expertise as an accountant and community organizer, Deborah leads seminars on troubled buildings. Bringing together the community, city services, Cook County State’s Attorney, Cook County Sheriff and the Chicago Housing Authority, these seminars address both tenant and owner concerns over troubled buildings in the area. This group helps generate resources needed to provide solutions to the aforementioned concerns.

Her organizational and charitable efforts also extend into Deborah’s role as the CAPS/Beat Facilitator for beat 631 in the 6th Police District, where she works with the people and the Police Department to address concerns expressed by the community. Most recently, Deborah joined the Steering Committee for the Cook County State’s Attorney Southside Office and the Greater Chatham Initiative’s Public Safety Committee. In her spare time, she assists in sharing information and resources to the Ephphatha Lutheran Church of the Deaf.

About Deborah Foster-Bonner

Deborah Foster-Bonner

Early Life

Deborah Foster-Bonner is a lifelong resident of the Sixth Ward, and is dedicated to giving back to her community. Following her graduation from Roosevelt University in 1979, Deborah began her career as an accountant, first joining Canteen Corporation. She later worked at Allstate Insurance Company, where she created outreach programs for Julian and Simeon High Schools and established a partnership between Allstate and Collins High School. This program provided an opportunity for students to experience the corporate environment, get outside of their community, and develop the spirit of possibilities.

Following her time at Allstate, Deborah founded her own businesses: Foster-Bonner-Mason & Associates, Inc. – accounting, tax and business consulting services – and Foster-Bonner, Inc. – investment, insurance and financial services. She is the president of the block club for the 8100 Block of Eberhart, an organization she reinstated in 1995.

Activism

In 1995, Deborah Foster-Bonner was elected to the local school council of Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy, where she served as secretary. During her tenure on the council, Foster-Bonner created Friends of Mark Sheridan, and not-for-profit entity, and served as president. The organization served to support students, parents, teachers, and faculty at the school by sponsoring the after school program, as well as providing computer training and classroom supplies.

Deborah continued her passion for giving back by founding Reunite Chatham NFP in 2010 and currently serves as the group’s president. Reunite Chatham NFP has fostered community in a variety of ways since its inception, starting neighborhood watch and school patrols, protesting an issuance of a liquor license for a store on the school path to Dixon Elementary School, and instating a summer program for children that created eight jobs for the community.

Deborah has also led Reunite Chatham’s initiative to install resident-owned security cameras on properties in the neighborhood. She began this effort in 2014, and by mid-2015 a total of 150 houses were equipped with security cameras—a number that continues to grow. Through her work with Reunite Chatham, Deborah has coordinated a number of community programs to benefit Chatham residents: job fairs, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Training), Cook County Sheriffs Senior Training, distribution of smoke and CO2 detectors for homes in the area, and seminars on Medicare, Social Security and homebuying.

Leveraging her expertise as an accountant and community organizer, Deborah leads seminars on troubled buildings. Bringing together the community, city services, Cook County State’s Attorney, Cook County Sheriff and the Chicago Housing Authority, these seminars address both tenant and owner concerns over troubled buildings in the area. This group helps generate resources needed to provide solutions to the aforementioned concerns.

Her organizational and charitable efforts also extend into Deborah’s role as the CAPS/Beat Facilitator for beat 631 in the 6th Police District, where she works with the people and the Police Department to address concerns expressed by the community. Most recently, Deborah joined the Steering Committee for the Cook County State’s Attorney Southside Office and the Greater Chatham Initiative’s Public Safety Committee. In her spare time, she assists in sharing information and resources to the Ephphatha Lutheran Church of the Deaf.

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