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Merit Board
Member Profile

Mr. Ramon Cepeda

University of Illinois
Appointed: 5/3/2023

Professional Experience

  • Senior vice president and managing director, The Northern Trust Company, Chicago (2007-present)
  • LaSalle Bank, Chicago (1995-2007)
  • Second Federal Savings, Chicago (prior to 1995)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Trustee, National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Advisory board member, ProMexico in Chicago
  • Trustee, Illinois Facilities Fund
  • Leadership advisory board member, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
  • Advisory board member, Second Federal Credit Union
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Center Owners
  • Member, Chicago Real Estate Council
  • Member, Real Estate Investment Association
  • Member, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Awards and Honors

  • 2014, Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago
  • 2011, fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
  • 2010, recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. 
  • 2009, Chicago United Leader of Color award


  • BA, Criminal Justice and Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago (1990)