Science-loving young professionals, this group’s for you.

A scientist presents a collections of illuminated rocks and minerals to two visitors. A UV light shines on the objects to reveal their alternative colors. Posters visible in the background.

Leading the next generation

The Field Associates are a group of dynamic young professionals passionate about the Field Museum’s mission to fuel a journey of discovery across time and create a better world. Since 1997, these emerging leaders have worked to support one of Chicago’s most iconic institutions through fundraising, networking, programming, and service.

Open the door to special fundraising events, exclusive networking opportunities, and more by making a $250-per-year contribution. Board and executive committee members make a commitment to double their impact by raising additional gifts through personal networks.

Join the Field Associates

Got more questions about the Field Associates, what we do, and how to get involved? Email us at

Support science through interpretive dance—if that’s your thing. Field Associates plan unique events like this “silent disco” at EVOLVE 2017.

Kyle Flubacker

Hear from Field Museum staff about their latest projects, including how 3D printers in our research facilities have changed their work.

Kyle Flubacker

Expand your involvement

Get even more involved by lending your talents to the Field Associates’ executive team or one of five board committees that support membership, programming, communications, development, and planning for the annual EVOLVE fundraiser. Becoming a committee member offers opportunities to build your resume and help drive the continued growth of Field Associates.

Board committee members get access to:

  • Resume-worthy leadership opportunities through committee service
  • Access to high-level networking events and additional programming
  • Experience in philanthropy through special fundraising efforts

2019 Executive Committee


Position Name (Company)
President Ryan VanHolsbeke (JPMorgan Chase)
Vice President Michelle Sotak (AlinIQ at Abbott Diagnostics)
Secretary Julie Webb (Locke Lorde LLP)


Committee chairs

Committee Chair Name (Company)
Communications Shana Quinn (Walgreens)
Chris Spanel (Victory Park Capital Advisors)
Development Jenna Beltrano (Julian Grace Foundation)
Charlotte Guyett (LaSalle Investment Management)
EVOLVE Ani Ajith (NGOrganize/Corecentra)
Risha Kotecha (Lurie Children's Hospital)
Membership Emmett Mottl (Chicago Humanities Festival)
Alin Schubert (Bridge International)
Programming Mike Cozza (Innophos)
Mariah Vichich (JPMorgan Chase)