Greg Polman

Senior Vice President/Public Policy

Greg Polman, senior vice president/public policy began his employment with The Chicago Lighthouse in 1983. Greg has managed over 14 programs, developed and implemented budgets and annual operational plans. Greg is skilled in grant writing, as well as implementing and negotiating contracts including city, state and federal contracts. He is a graduate from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, IL with a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Southwestern Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minnesota. 

His extensive volunteer work and appointments are outlined as follows:

  • Chicago Workforce Investment Board, Co-Chair of Service Delivery Committee and sits on the Executive Committee (formerly Chicago Workforce Board)
  • ADA Suburban Paratransit Advisory Board, Member
  • Blind Services Planning Council, Chair
  • Statewide Rehabilitation Council, Chair
  • The Illinois Sight Coalition, Member
  • Illinois Facilities Advisory Committee, former Member and Chair
  • CARES Chicago, Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • Chicagoland Provider Leadership Network, Co-Chair
  • Mayor Daley’s Task Force for Employment for People with Disabilities, Member
  • Capital Improvement Advisory Council, Member
  • City of Chicago’s Community Development Advisory Committee, Member
  • AER (formerly AAWB), Member/former Illinois representative
  • AER Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling & Employment Services 2008 Louis Viceli Award Recipient
  • Certificate of Appreciation for over 25 years of service to AER
  • Certificate of Appreciation for over 25 years of service to The Chicago Lighthouse