Kelly Welsh is the President of the Civic Committee and of the Commercial Club of Chicago. Mr. Welsh was nominated by former President Barack Obama and served as General Counsel for the United States Department of Commerce from 2014-2017. He previously worked as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at both Northern Trust and Ameritech Corporation, and served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago from 1989-93. Prior to that he was a Partner at Mayer Brown.
Mr. Welsh is a Director of Bank of the West, headquartered in San Francisco, the United Way of Metro Chicago, and Navy Pier, Inc. His civic engagement has included serving as a Trustee for the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Field Museum of Natural History and as President of the Board of the Institute of Judicial Administration, New York University Law School. He also was the Chairman of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Mr. Welsh received his A.B. from Harvard College, a M.A from University of Sussex (U.K.), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.