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Melissa Conyears - Ervin, Chicago City Treasurer

"It's essential that we provide some relief for the businesses and working families, especially those in the under-resourced and disinvested communities that are hurting right now" 

In May 2019, Melissa Conyears-Ervin made history when she was sworn in as City Treasurer for the City of Chicago, the first African American woman ever to hold the position without prior appointment. As City Treasurer, she is committed to using a positive, results-oriented approach with city departments. She will work to restore the public’s trust in government–good government–that works for the people and apply an equity lens to all of the office's programs and outreach. She will audit every department every year to cut waste and root out fraud and mismanagement, as well as to recommend modernization tactics and best practices that could result in millions of dollars of savings annually.

Learn More about Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Chicago City Treasurer


Craig A. Slack - Deputy Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer

Craig A. Slack is the Chief Investment Officer for the Office of the Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin. In this role, Craig oversees a team of professionals who manage and monitor the city's investment activity, develop short and long-term investment policies and maintain investor relations.

Craig has more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry, primarily serving institutional clients in a fixed-income sales capacity. Prior to his role in the Chicago City Treasurer's Office, Craig was with RBC Capital Markets, a leading provider of financial services, where he formed their Institutional Middle Market Division.

Before working at RBC Capital Markets, Craig served as the Managing Director, Principal with Bear Stearns & Co for 20 years where his duties included senior institutional fixed income sales in addition to a role in sales management.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Iowa and has Series 7 and Series 63 securities licenses.

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