Ontonio Jackson-Lucas is a 2017 Fellow in GG+A’s inaugural class of the Chicago Fellowship in Philanthropy. The fellowship aims to expose emerging professionals to careers in philanthropy as well as foster diversity and inclusion within the field. Ontonio provides support for ongoing internal initiatives in the Client Engagement and Communications team, as well as general support for client projects in the firm’s Alumni Relations and Benchmarking practices. In tandem with his 2017 cohort, Ontonio researches and reports on how to retain diverse talent in the philanthropic industry. His co-authored white paper will appear in the Summer 2017 edition of GG+A’s quarterly publication, GGQR.
Prior to joining GG+A, Ontonio managed several diversity initiatives throughout Chicago and gained administrative experience. As a Dean’s Assistant for the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College, Ontonio tracked the academic and extracurricular progress of over 100 President’s Award scholarship recipients by managing grade reports and recording participation in campus activities. He exposed students to diversity initiatives aimed at bolstering the social health of Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods. These initiatives included the development of a Martin Luther King Week of Service across UIC’s campus and the Chicago area and the founding of Study with Smyth, a tutoring program at John M. Smyth School.
Ontonio’s academic background includes extensive research on the long-term effects of youth mentoring, as well as research on the effects of choice on on-task behavior for people with developmental disabilities. He has presented his work at a number of national conferences, including Illinois Summer Research Symposium and IALHEA Diversity Conference. Ontonio is currently completing two research projects on “The Effects of Mentorship on the Mental Health of College Students” and “How Financial and Racial Stressors Effect Minority College Students”. In May 2017, he will graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Psychology.
Ontonio is an avid music lover and enjoys playing keyboard and bass guitar in his free time.