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Warren Ribley

Board Member

Warren has 35 years of professional experience in state government and the private sector, focusing on economic development, public policy, and financial services. He has developed a reputation for creating and implementing successful programs that strengthen the Illinois economy.

Prior to forming his own company, Warren was President and CEO of the Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO) and the iBIO Institute, a trade association representing the diverse biotechnology industry in the biomedical, bio-industrial, and bioprocessing sectors.

Before joining iBIO, Warren led the revitalization of the Chicago-based Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC), home to four hospitals, two academic medical research universities, and the Chicago Technology Park by implementing initiatives involving real estate, infrastructure development, community health, translational research and clinical data.

From 2009-2012, Warren was Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Director of Operations from 2003-2009. At DCEO Warren led initiatives to increase investments in business relocation and expansion, entrepreneurship and innovation, restore disadvantaged communities and develop workforce training to meet the challenges of the 21st century economy.

Warren began his career as a Legislative Analyst in the Illinois Senate, worked in the Office of the Illinois Treasurer and in the mortgage banking industry.

Warren is a life-long resident of Illinois having lived and worked in Olney, Springfield and Chicago and is the father of two beautiful daughters, Kristin and Allison. He has extensive knowledge of the entire State and in the Executive and Legislative branches of government at the local, state and federal level.

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