Equity Commonwealth announced the appointment of Ellen-Blair Chube to the Chicago-based REIT’s board of trustees until the next annual meeting of shareholders. Equity Commonwealth’s board of trustees has determined that Chube, who will serve as a member of the company’s nominating and corporate governance committee, qualifies as an independent trustee under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards.
Chube, 39, is a partner, managing director and client service officer at William Blair, a global boutique investment bank and investment management company. Prior to joining William Blair in 2015, Chube was vice president and chief of staff to the chairman and CEO at Ariel Investments. Before Ariel Investments, Chube spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C. working on financial services policy in both the House of Representatives and the US Senate.
Chube also serves on the board of Oil-Dri Corporation of America, is a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and is on the board of the Chicago Children’s Choir. Chube holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in political science from Northwestern University.
“Ellen-Blair brings valuable experience in corporate governance, financial services and public policy,” said Sam Zell, Equity Commonwealth’s chairman. “We are extremely pleased that Ellen-Blair has joined our board, and we look forward to her many contributions over the coming years.”