Leadership & Staff
Prior to being appointed president at Field, Daniel served as associate vice president of Community Impact for The Chicago Community Trust, where he was responsible for creating the Building Collective Power strategy to help advance equitable neighborhoods within under-invested communities through grant-making to community organizing, storytelling, and resident-driven initiatives.
Previously, Daniel served as the Trust’s chief marketing officer with responsibility for directing brand strategy and communications, and for spearheading the development of On the Table, an ongoing civic engagement and dialogue platform designed to center and amplify resident voices and create greater civic connectedness across the Chicago region.
Before joining the Trust, Daniel spent 10 years as vice president of Chicago Public Media, production home of WBEZ/91.5FM (Chicago’s primary NPR station), This American Life, Sound Opinions, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me and Vocalo.org. In this role, he was responsible for the organization’s two largest revenue categories—corporate sponsorship and individual giving—and led double-digit growth during his tenure. Additionally, he oversaw marketing and strategic partnership. He was a key voice in shaping Chicago Public Media’s overall strategic focus.
Daniel’s professional career has been focused on developing and using marketing and communication tools to advance social causes. He has worked exclusively in the nonprofit sector on issues including poverty, adolescent health, and HIV/AIDS care and prevention. The early stage of Daniel’s professional career included leadership roles at Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Chicago Department of Public Health, Center for Family Policy and Practice, and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.
Daniel earned a M.P.P. from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Economics from Oberlin College. He also completed a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Princeton University.
Richard grew up in Uptown, right off Chicago’s Argyle Redline stop where Vietnamese migrants settled as they formed new diasporic communities. It was at their parents’ restaurant on Argyle where preschooler Richard witnessed the most beautiful artistic social practice they could imagine—the power and prowess of community members in action, doing their best to hustle through the innumerable social and systemic ills working against them and their loved ones.
Through community-led efforts, Richard studied Visual Arts at Oberlin College with support from the Posse Foundation and completed their graduate studies at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Richard is a former Lane Tech Ceramic Studio whiz-kid, a Marwen student alum, and a proud product of Uptown’s Multicultural Youth Project. Richard’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions and publications, and they have participated in artist residencies in New York City and Ghana.
Prior to joining Field, Maudlyne spent 29 years with the Chicago Sun-Times, where she was an award-winning reporter and columnist, served as assistant city editor, and covered beats from crime and the inner city to housing and education, politics, and philanthropy. She also wrote “Chicago Chronicles”—long-form columns of diverse and untold narratives focusing on racial, social, and economic justice issues impacting Black and Brown communities.
Maudlyne is Immediate Past President of both the Chicago Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago Chapter. She is also the author of "Escape From Nigeria: A Memoir of Faith, Love and War" (Africa World Press, 2016)—a riveting tale of her family's survival of the brutal Nigerian-Biafran War and miracles that brought them to the US as refugees.
Maudlyne holds an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Patrick is excited to be working with the Field Foundation to explore equitable practices in funding for Art, Justice, Media & Storytelling, and Leadership Investment!
Castillo is a pioneering advocate for workplace diversity with a passion for advancing inclusion, and social and economic justice through the lens of business strategy. Her experience and background have allowed her to effectively collaborate with Chicago United’s corporate members to enhance inclusive talent management practices and develop strategic and dynamic partnerships with minority owned business enterprises. Her work on behalf of underrepresented populations was recognized in 2017 with an honorary Doctorate in Social Justice from Roosevelt University.
Mr. Aguilar was previously the Director of Investment Analysis and Due Diligence with the Illinois State Treasury, in which he led due diligence efforts, the manager selection process, assessment, and monitoring of all investment managers and co-investments. Prior to joining the Illinois Treasury, he worked for Fortaleza Asset Management.
Mr. Aguilar holds a B.S. with a double major in Finance and Business & Commerce from Aurora University and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Miami’s Herbert Business School. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Aurora University.
Block is a graduate with a BS from the School of Communication (was Speech), from Northwestern University and is a life trustee of the university. She is also a member of the Women’s Board of Northwestern and past board chairman.
Block completed a ten-year term on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust and was Vice Chairman of the board. She is now a director of The Field Foundation and past board chairman. Block was the first woman chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Field Museum. She is currently a life trustee.
Other involvements include being a member and past president of Know Your Chicago. She is a life director of the Chicago Foundation for Education, member of the Antiquarians of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Old Masters Society of the Art Institute.
In addition to serving on many corporate boards, Nicklin has served on the boards of the Field Foundation, the Regenstein Foundation, the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Visiting Committee, and the Illinois Technology Fund. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas.
Upon the death of his father in 1965, Field entered the family business, Field Enterprises, Inc., in Chicago. In October, 1969, he was elected Publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News, both of which were owned by Field Enterprises. He was 28 years old, the youngest publisher of any major newspaper in the United States. He remained Publisher until 1980. In 1972, Field became Chairman of Field Enterprises, a post he held until the company was dissolved 12 years later. Field is also Chairman and President of The Old Mountain Company, Inc. which manages his private investments.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1962, and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1966, where he was Editor-in Chief of the Law Review. After working for the Chicago Legal Aid Bureau Ranney became Deputy Director of the Illinois Budget Bureau under Governor Richard Ogilvie, where he was responsible for legislation behind the Budget Bureau, the Illinois Income Tax and the Regional Transportation Authority.