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Mr. Kambium Buckner

MB Member
Chicago State University
Appointed: 3/21/2017

Kam Buckner has a breadth of experience in law, government, education, politics, sports administration and community relations - with time in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

A native of the Southside of Chicago, he is the Executive Director of World Sport Chicago, the non-profit legacy of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games; leading an organization that uses sport as a tool to provide positive life skill training and opportunities to youth in Chicago's most under-resourced communities.

Buckner previously worked in the Front Office of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, where he led the team’s government and neighborhood relations efforts; serving as an integral part of the contingent that successfully negotiated a deal to renovate and expand historic Wrigley Field; a first of its kind stadium deal that is expected to yield $1.2 billion in economic activity.

Buckner previously spent a number of years in the public sector on the staffs of Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, LA and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the Fighting Illini football team and received a B.A. in Political Science. He holds a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Buckner also serves as an adjunct professor in the Undergraduate College of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is a fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as well as the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program. Buckner is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Business Leadership Council, the Illinois Advisory Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Leadership Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Foundation Board.

He currently resides in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.