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Sharon Gist Gilliam

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Executive
City Government Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Rose
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Potatoes (Mashed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
And This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
8/24/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Executive
City Government Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink, Rose
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Potatoes (Mashed)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
And This Too Shall Pass.

Birthplace

Born:
8/24/1943
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Sharon Gist Gilliam was born on August 24, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of three siblings, Gilliam, was raised in the Chicago neighborhoods of West Chesterfield and Lawndale. Gilliam’s parents, Mr. Arthur C. Gist and Vivian M. Gist, were small business owners. She attended Burnside Elementary School, and graduated from St. Mary High School in 1961. In 1965, she received her B.A. degree in history at Mundelein College. Gilliam also completed coursework in the graduate department of Public Management at DePaul University. Gilliam then became a history teacher from 1965 to 1968 in the Chicago Public School System.

Gilliam worked with the City of Chicago’s Committee on Urban Opportunity in 1968 as a social planner for the poverty program. Between the years of 1973 and 1979, Gilliam became Assistant Budget Director Commissioner of Consumer Services for the City of Chicago. She then moved to Washington, D.C. and became assistant budget director for the local city government. In 1983, Gilliam relocated back to Chicago and worked as the Budget Director/Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the City of Chicago under then Mayor Harold Washington. As COO, Gilliam was responsible for policy implementation and an operating budget of $4 billion. In 1989, Gilliam received the Marks of Excellence Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

In 1989, Gilliam also became the executive vice president of the management consulting firm of Unison-Maximus. In 1999, Mayor Richard Daley appointed Gilliam to serve as the commissioner and chairperson of the Chicago Housing Authority until July 2009.

Today, Gilliam is principal at UCG Associates, a management consulting firm. She is Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Housing Authority and serves as a board member for several organizations including Mundelein College; Illinois State Board of Education; Chicago Board of Education; and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Sharon Gist Gilliam's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her maternal grandmother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her maternal grandfather's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls her father and uncle's tax strategy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her parents' college experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her parents and her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers West Chesterfield in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her parents' move to West Chesterfield in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the history of her neighborhood in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers moving into her father's store
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls her father's decision to purchase a tavern
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls working in her father's store
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls her childhood experiences with white people
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls schools she attended
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls transferring to St. Mary High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes St. Mary High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls her decision to attend Chicago's Mundelein College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers taking on a second job during college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls becoming a certified teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the demographics of Farragut High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers becoming an urban life advisor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls her work for the Committee on Urban Opportunity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers the 1968 Chicago riots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls teaching night school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the Model Cities program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sharon Gist Gilliam explains how Erwin France used the Hatch Act to avoid Chicago politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls joining the Chicago city budget office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remember Mayor Richard J. Daley's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls becoming acting commissioner of consumer sales, weights and measures, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls becoming acting commissioner of consumer sales, weights, and measures, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam explains what she learned as assistant budget director
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her role as assistant budget director
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers working for Marian Barry in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her complaints about working in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls what she learned in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Sharon Gist Gilliam compares the governments of Washington, D.C. and Chicago
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls her return to the Chicago city government
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls the Chicago council wars
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her coworkers in Chicago's mayoral office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls overhauling the Chicago budget with David F. Schultz
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers becoming Chicago's budget director
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers working for Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers pushing for a mandatory retirement age
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls why she enjoyed serving as budget director
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers the challenges she faced as budget director
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers the death of Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her job as Chicago's chief operating officer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls the fallout from Steve Cokely's anti-Semitic remarks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the changes she made to Chicago's budget
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam remembers Mayor Eugene Sawyer
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls leaving the public sector
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her consulting firm, Unison-Maximus, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls milestones at Unison-Maximus, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the strengths of Unison-Maximus, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam lists her appointments to civic boards
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls serving on the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam recalls serving on the Illinois State Board of Education
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the Chicago Housing Authority's history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the Chicago Housing Authority's history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Sharon Gist Gilliam talks about the Chicago Housing Authority's agreement to improve public housing
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her goals for the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes the state of Chicago's public housing
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Sharon Gist Gilliam lists her activities in the public and private sectors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Sharon Gist Gilliam lists the board memberships she enjoys most
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Sharon Gist Gilliam describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Sharon Gist Gilliam reflects upon her personality
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Sharon Gist Gilliam reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Sharon Gist Gilliam reflects upon her family's expectations