Each year the Children’s Research Fund welcomes recognized leaders in the business and philanthropic community to overseeing the annual fundraising campaign and Children’s Ball. Since 1951, these efforts have raised over $125 million to support innovative medical research.

This year, long-term board members Devanee and Alex Washington, are dedicating their time to serve as Campaign and Children’s Ball Co-Chairs.

  • Devanee & Alex Washington

Devanee and Alex Washington

Devanee and Alex Washington, originally from Toledo, Ohio, have called Chicago home for the past 20 years. Devanee holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from The Ohio State University. Her love for all things food quickly led her from the lab to the kitchen where she received a degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. After which, she joined Kraft Foods as a food scientist and a member of the culinary team. After taking time away from her career to focus on family, she obtained a Master of Science in Nutrition from Dominican University. Devanee hopes to encourage people make small lifestyle changes in efforts to prevent or reverse the various chronic diseases that plague our communities.

Alex Washington is as a Managing Director at Wind Point Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in Chicago, IL. The firm has over $4 billion in assets under management and focuses on investments in the industrial products, consumer products, and business services sectors. Alex shares responsibility for overall firm leadership, including capital raising, investment, and portfolio management.

Alex began his private equity career with J.H. Whitney focused on growth equity investing. He earlier worked in investment banking and management consulting with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, and McKinsey & Company. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in finance from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He was a Class VI recipient of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Fellowship in venture capital.

Within the Chicago community, Devanee is a board member of the Children’s Research Fund and Wings Metro Leadership Council. Alex serves as a director of Wintrust Financial, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the University of Chicago Laboratory School. He is also a member of the Chicago Club and the Commercial Club of Chicago. They are proud parents of Victoria (15), Nadia (13) and Alex IV (10), along with a jazzy mini golden doodle named Miles Davis.