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Andrea Zopp

Lawyer and Nonprofit Executive Andrea Zopp was born in Rochester, New York on January 25, 1957 to Reuben K. Davis, a prominent lawyer and judge, and Pearl Greta Davis, a human resources professional. As a child, Zopp was taught the values of education, service and hard work. Zopp completed her B.S. degree in the history and science at Harvard University in 1978 and received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1981. After being licensed to practice law, Zopp worked as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge George N. Leighton.

In 1982, Zopp joined the law firm of Sonnenschien Nath & Rosenthal as a trial lawyer and litigator. In 1992, Zopp became the first woman and first African American appointed as a Cook County First Assistant State's Attorney where she prosecuted several high profile cases. From 2000 to 2003, Zopp served as executive vice president and general counsel at the Sara Lee Corporation and as president and from 2003 to 2004, general counsel of Sears Roebuck and Company. Zopp then worked as adjunct professor at several law schools including Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. In 2006, Zopp was made head of Exelon Energy Corporation's human resources division. She was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel of Exelon in 2009. Zopp left Exelon in 2010 to become president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. In 2011, Zopp was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Chicago Board of Education's Board of Trustees.

Zopp has served on many boards of directors for many organizations including Chicago Area Project, Leadership Greater Chicago, Harvard Alumni Association, National Urban League, Black Ensemble Theater and the Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems. She is a member of the Black Women Lawyer's Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Chicago Network, and The Economic Club. Zopp has served on commissions for the Review the Illinois Death Penalty Process and chair of the blue ribbon commission for Magnet and Selective Enrollment School Admissions for the Chicago Public Schools. Zopp is married to William Zopp and they have three adult children Alyssa, Kelsey, and Will.

Andrea Zopp was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 19, 2012

Accession Number

A2012.006

Sex

Female

Interview Date

1/18/2012

Last Name

Zopp

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

Harvard University

Harvard Law School

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Martin B. Anderson School No. 1

Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Girls

First Name

Andrea

Birth City, State, Country

Rochester

HM ID

ZOP01

Favorite Season

Summer

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

Mountains, Water

Favorite Quote

It Is All About Me.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Interview Description
Birth Date

1/25/1957

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fried Food

Short Description

Trial lawyer and nonprofit administrator Andrea Zopp (1957 - ) is president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League and has served as vice president and general counsel of Sears Roebuck and Company.

Employment

Chicago Urban League

Exelon Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation

Sara Lee Corporation

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP

Cook County States Attorney's Office

Narcotics Prosecution Buerau

McDermott, Will & Emery

State's Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois

Favorite Color

Blue

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Andrea Zopp's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Andrea Zopp lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Andrea Zopp describes her mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Andrea Zopp talks about her mother's early years in Suffolk, Virginia

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Andrea Zopp describes her father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Andrea Zopp remembers her paternal great-grandfather and grandfather

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Andrea Zopp describes her father's life as a young adult

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Andrea Zopp recalls how her parents met

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Andrea Zopp describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Andrea Zopp talks about her brother

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Andrea Zopp describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Andrea Zopp remembers her neighborhood in Rochester, New York

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Andrea Zopp describes Academy of the Sacred Heart in Rochester, New York

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Andrea Zopp recalls her childhood activities

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Andrea Zopp describes her middle school and high school experiences

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Andrea Zopp talks about her father's law career

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Andrea Zopp recalls her father's reputation as a civil rights lawyer

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Andrea Zopp talks about her mother's career

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Andrea Zopp remembers her early mentors

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Andrea Zopp describes Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Rochester, New York

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Andrea Zopp recalls her social activities in high school

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Andrea Zopp remembers applying for college

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Andrea Zopp recalls her admittance to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Andrea Zopp recalls her transition to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Andrea Zopp remembers the racial tension in Boston, Massachusetts

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Andrea Zopp talks about her mentors at Harvard University

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Andrea Zopp describes the social organizations at Harvard University

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Andrea Zopp recalls her academic experiences at Harvard University

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Andrea Zopp remembers her aspirations to become a lawyer

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Andrea Zopp talks about 'One L' by Scott Turow

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Andrea Zopp describes her first impressions of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Andrea Zopp describes her challenges at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Andrea Zopp remembers her classmates at Harvard Law School

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Andrea Zopp recalls clerking for Judge George N. Leighton

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Andrea Zopp talks about the Bee Gees' copyright infringement trial

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Andrea Zopp recalls her father's election to the Supreme Court of the State of New York

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Andrea Zopp describes her decision to become a prosecutor

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Andrea Zopp remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Andrea Zopp talks about corruption investigations in Chicago, Illinois

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Andrea Zopp shares her thoughts on the criminal justice system