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Chicago Fire FC Name Evan Whitfield as Vice President of Equity, Alumni Relations, and Engagement

January 18, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire FC News Release

CHICAGO - Chicago Fire FC today announced the hiring of former Club defender Evan Whitfield as Vice President of Equity, Alumni Relations, and Engagement.

In this newly created role for the organization, Whitfield will be responsible for leading the Club's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy, alumni relations, as well as representing the Club as an ambassador. He will also work directly with the community development department, focusing on the launch of an alumni program, building the Club's corporate and government relations, oversee the Club's pledge and lead Club-wide efforts to support DEI programs and initiatives.

"We're thrilled to welcome Evan back to the Chicago Fire, a Club to which he helped bring excellence across the city and the sport when he represented the Fire," said President of Business Operations Ishwara Glassman Chrein. "Evan has made very positive impacts throughout his career, and his unique background as a former player, coupled with his impressive law and business experience, will help create new standards for our Club."

Whitfield joins the Fire from Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, where he started in 2008 and quickly ascended to being named partner at the firm. In the soccer community, Whitfield is a leader within Common Goal, a player-led social movement in global soccer, a role he will continue to hold while working for the Fire. In addition, Whitfield led the launch of the Anti-Racist Project, a program designed to tackle all aspects of soccer's problem with racism.

"I am elated to be part of the Fire organization again," said Whitfield. "The Fire, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me as it gives me an opportunity to use my professional experience and passion for the game for the betterment of the Club. The Fire represent this amazing city and it is essential that we reflect the great diversity of our city and maintain an inclusive environment for all. The impact that soccer can have here can be powerful, and together, we will strive to continually make a lasting impact here in Chicago."

Whitfield spent seven years in MLS, spending his first six years as a member of the Chicago Fire. The defender earned 103 appearances (78 starts) in his time with the Club, helping the Fire win two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles (2000, 2003) and capture the Supporters' Shield (2003). Whitfield was also a member of the U.S. Men's National Team and represented the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Upon his retirement from soccer, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, College of Law. He received his bachelor's degree from Duke University in biological anthropology and anatomy, and while playing in MLS, he earned his MA in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix.

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