The Field Associates are a committed group of young professionals dedicated to engaging the next generation of civic leaders.

Field Associates of the Field Museum are committed to engaging young professionals—through dynamic networking and leadership opportunities, unique programs, meaningful service, and fundraising to support scientific discovery and public education.

All Field Associates make a minimum annual contribution of $250 ($21/month) to the Field Museum. Ages 21 to 40 are eligible.

Join or Renew

There are two ways to participate, each with different benefits and responsibilities.


  • Opportunities to connect with other young professionals
  • Special programming including EVOLVE, one of Chicago's premiere fundraising events, scavenger hunts, behind-the-scenes scientific presentations, and much more!
  • Field Adventurer level membership at the Museum and all associated benefits

Join our Board

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

If you are interested in joining the Field Associates Board, click the button above and make your contribution. On the confirmation page, follow the link to an application survey. Upon completion of this survey, a member of the Field Associates Membership committee will contact you.

In addition, an emeritus level is available on a case-by-case basis. This level may be appropriate for individuals who are committed to the mission of the Field Associates Board, but do not have the time to commit or may be outside the group's age range. For more information, follow the link above to the Benefits and Responsibilities chart or contact us.

Leadership Committee

  • Ryan VanHolsbeke (JPMorgan Chase) - President 
  • Michelle Sotak (AlinIQ at Abbott Diagnostics) - Vice President
  • Julie Webb (Locke Lorde) - Secretary 
  • Josh Anderson (Bureau van Dijk) - Treasurer
  • Alex Molitor (Uber) - Programming Committee Co-Chair
  • Mariah Vichich (JPMorgan Chase) - Programming Committee Co-Chair
  • Matt Berding (Salesforce) - EVOLVE Co-Chair
  • Risha Kotecha (Lurie Children's Hospital) - EVOLVE Co-Chair
  • Chris Spanel (Victory Park Capital Advisors) - Communications Co-Chair
  • Dasha Shor (National Dairy Council) - Communications Co-Chair
  • Joseph Hernandez (Adler Planetarium) - Membership Co-Chair
  • Alin Schmidt (Bridge International) - Membership Co-Chair
  • Jen Guskey (SAP) - Development Co-Chair
  • Charlotte Guyett (LaSalle Investment Management) - Development Co-Chair

Upcoming Field Associates events

Field Associates typically meet monthly, both at the Museum and at Chicago's latest hotspots.

  • Join us at our EVOLVE fundraiser on Saturday, September 22, 2018! 

For more information about the Field Associates, please contact us at or Giving Society Manager Mike Wren at 312.665.7137.