Municipal Public Sector

Since its formation in 1987, Ancora has been a partner and collaborator for many of public sector institutions in Chicago and Cook County. During its first year of incorporation, Ancora designed and led the Financial Research Advisory Committee on behalf of the Mayor of Chicago. Now known as the Civic Consulting Alliance, this public-private consulting partnership has been named one of the “Top 25 Innovations in Government” by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Ancora was also instrumental in developing and positioning World Business Chicago as the City’s chief economic development vehicle.  Ancora’s founder, Clare Muñana, also spent 11 years serving as Vice-President of the Chicago Board of Education, helping to inform strategy and direction for this district of 650+ schools and 400,000 students. Ancora has also provided expertise around transportation systems to the cities of Chicago, Paris and Madrid. We have helped our clients:

  • Create a new model for a city agency that forms and deploys pro-bono public-private consulting teams to address municipal challenges.
  • Build an independent economic development agency to coordinate business retention, attraction and expansion efforts for a city and county region.
  • Accelerate the pace of education reform in United States’ third-largest public school district, leading to dramatic gains in student performance and steady reductions in the drop-out rate.
  • Develop a 5-year strategic plan for economic expansion and increased competitiveness for a metropolitan region of more than one million residents.

Clients include:

eBrigade: Online American Art History Course

eBrigade: Online American Art History Course

21st century students are often stuck in 19th century boxes. eBrigade enables public high school students to access the digital world by removing barriers to online learning opportunities. Through our work with high schools, we identified a need for online, credit-bearing fine arts courses. To help fulfill this need we conceived and produced our own…

World Business Chicago (on behalf of Mayor of Chicago)

World Business Chicago (on behalf of Mayor of Chicago)

Designed, developed and implemented a new Economic Development organization, World Business Chicago (WBC), at the request of the Mayor of Chicago.  Built a fully integrated city entity to coordinate business retention, attraction and expansion efforts to spur and accelerate economic growth. Managed launch and initial projects before identifying long-term CEO and team.

Long-Range Strategic Plan for Major Natural History Museum

Long-Range Strategic Plan for Major Natural History Museum

Changing generations and expectations place shifting demands on iconic cultural institutions. In Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History was formed during the 1893 Columbian Exposition World’s Fair, and for more than a century has served as a world-class research center for biology, archeology and anthropology. With over 21 million specimens, many dating back to…

Governance and Oversight/Major Public School District

Governance and Oversight/Major Public School District

Between 1999 and 2011, Ancora’s President, Clare Muñana, served by Mayoral appointment as Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education. During this time, several Ancora consultants dedicated extensive pro-bono support to projects creating efficiencies and improvements in the nation’s 3rd largest urban school district.   The seven members of the Chicago Board of Education…

Creation and Management of Civic Consulting Organization

Creation and Management of Civic Consulting Organization

Formed in 1987, the Financial Research and Advisory Council – now called the Civic Consulting Alliance – was recognized by Harvard’s Kennedy School as a Top 25 Innovation in Government in 2010.   Ms. Muñana launched a not-for-profit, public-private partnership in Chicago, now known as the Civic Consulting Alliance, to address the City’s most vexing…