Our Team

Ted Dabrowski – President

Ted’s knowledge of finance, policy and government stems from his 16-year international career in finance and management. As the Head of Corporate Banking and a management member of Citibank in Poland, he advised the government on financial restructurings that continued the liberalization of the nation’s economy. In his Treasury roles in both Mexico and Poland, Ted managed multi-billion-dollar balance sheets and Sales and Trading businesses, which gave him hands-on experience in budgeting and crisis management.

After returning to the U.S., Ted shifted to public policy, where he spent six years as Vice President of Policy and Spokesman at the Illinois Policy Institute.

Ted received his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, an MBA in finance from the Wharton School, and his bachelor’s degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Much of Ted’s inspiration to fix Illinois comes from the experiences of his parents, who immigrated to Chicago from Poland and Ecuador to pursue the American Dream.

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Mark Glennon – Executive Editor and founder

Mark earlier originated and managed venture capital investments for Leo Capital Holdings. In 1997, Mark founded the Illinois Venture Capital Conference, which successfully matched dozens of young companies to venture capital sources. He is the winner of the Fellows Medal awarded by the Illinois Venture Capital Association for outstanding contributions to the venture capital profession.

Prior to that, Mark practiced law with his expertise was in debt transactions, turnarounds, bankruptcy and venture capital. Starting as an associate at Foley & Lardner, Mark was later a partner at Johnson & Swanson in Texas then Holleb & Coff in Chicago, where his work included serving as outside general counsel to the Illinois Development Finance Authority.

Mark received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science at Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School where he won the Deinard Award for top law review contribution. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Law School in Austin.

He is a regular columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business.

Mark is a fervent lifelong believer in the marketplace of ideas and the sanctity of the Bill of Rights.

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John Klingner – Policy Analyst

John graduated from Hillsdale College in 2012 with a degree in American Studies with a focus in politics.

Before joining Wirepoints, John spent several years at the Illinois Policy Institute working as a public policy analyst.

His areas of focus include public pensions, education finance and government budgeting. John’s inspiration for policy work comes from his father, who spent over 30 years working as a small business owner here in Illinois.

 

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