Peggy Parfenoff is the President of WorldChicago, a non-profit that hosts US Department of State and other federally sponsored emerging leaders in Chicago. WorldChicago is a member of the Global Ties national network, and Peggy serves on the board member for Global Ties, currently filling the Vice-Chair role. Before joining WorldChicago in 2001, Peggy worked at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of Development. While working at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Parfenoff earned her M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she specialized in Public/Non-Profit Management and Marketing. Her international exposure started with a year spent studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, followed by many journeys throughout Europe, Eurasia, South America, Russia, Cuba and China.